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[guhl-ee] /ˈgʌl i/
noun, plural gullies. Also, gulley (for defs 1, 2).
a small valley or ravine originally worn away by running water and serving as a drainageway after prolonged heavy rains.
a ditch or gutter.
  1. the position of a fielder between point and slips.
  2. the fielder occupying this position.
verb (used with object), gullied, gullying.
to make gullies in.
to form (channels) by the action of water.
Origin of gully1
1530-40; apparently variant of gullet, with -y replacing French -et
1. gulch, gorge, defile, watercourse. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gullied
Historical Examples
  • From the high ground the water had gullied for its passage a channel to the lower end.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • The face was covered with gray bristle and gullied with wrinkles.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • The brown dirt path had been scoured and then gullied by the hard downpour.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • They are not so liable to be gullied by sudden thaws or flooding rains.

    What I know of farming: Horace Greeley
  • Yet his I thought very poor indeed; for it was (as is termed in America) gullied; which I call broken land.

    George Washington: Farmer

    Paul Leland Haworth
  • They are rank with wild growth, torn and gullied by the waters; a desolate land where animals prowl.

  • And the next moment they were sliding and tossing, apparently with the whole snow-field, down towards the gullied precipice.

  • I trod across a gullied field, into the woods, to find a place to lie in hiding until night.


    Opie Percival Read
  • I got up and sat for a time at the window, looking out toward the gullied hill that had turned out the light of the sun.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • On the road I saw one of those little whirlwinds which we have in Virginia, also some gullied hill-sides.

British Dictionary definitions for gullied


noun (pl) -lies, -leys
a channel or small valley, esp one cut by heavy rainwater
(NZ) a small bush-clad valley
a deep, wide fissure between two buttresses in a mountain face, sometimes containing a stream or scree
  1. a fielding position between the slips and point
  2. a fielder in this position
either of the two channels at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
verb -lies, -lying, -lied
(transitive) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet


noun (pl) -lies
(Scot) a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for gullied



"channel made by running water," 1650s, possibly a variant of Middle English golet "water channel" (see gullet). Gully-washer, American English colloquial for "heavy rainstorm," attested by 1887.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gullied in Science
A narrow, steep-sided channel formed in loose earth by running water. A gully is usually dry except after periods of heavy rainfall or after the melting of snow or ice.
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