of, like, or abounding in gravel.
harsh and grating: a gravelly voice.

Origin of gravelly

First recorded in 1350–1400, gravelly is from the Middle English word gravelli. See gravel, -y1
Related formsun·grav·el·ly, adjective
Can be confusedgravely gravelly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gravelly

Contemporary Examples of gravelly

Historical Examples of gravelly

  • This was across the gravelly ford of the Graybull, near the mouth of the Piney.

    The Biography of a Grizzly

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • The water-weed grew in long filaments from the gravelly shallows.

  • He sang in a gravelly voice, pausing now and then to remember a new verse.


    Everett B. Cole

  • There is a boat-house, and a strip of gravelly beach, now that the tide is out.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • The road to the beach descends a sharp, gravelly hill, and crosses a bridge.

    By The Sea

    Heman White Chaplin

British Dictionary definitions for gravelly



consisting of or abounding in gravel
of or like gravel
(esp of a voice) harsh and grating
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Word Origin and History for gravelly

late 14c., "covered with gravel or sand," from gravel + -y (2). Of voices, by 1944.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper