[ grav-uh-lee ]
/ ˈgræv ə li /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for gravelly


/ (ˈɡrævəlɪ) /


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.

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