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gulley1

[guhl-ee]
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noun, plural gul·leys.
  1. gully1(defs 1, 2).
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gulley2

[guhl-ee, goo l-ee]
noun, plural gul·leys. Scot. and North England.
  1. gully2.
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gully2

or gul·ley

[guhl-ee, goo l-ee]
noun, plural gul·lies. Scot. and North England.
  1. a knife, especially a large kitchen or butcher knife.
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Origin of gully2

First recorded in 1575–85; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for gulley

Historical Examples

  • The aliens edged their way to a gulley along the side of the road.

    Jubilation, U.S.A.

    G. L. Vandenburg

  • I looked through the passage and saw that the gulley was black with baboons.

    Allan's Wife

    H. Rider Haggard

  • She went on till she came to a dip, or gulley, when a break in the cliff occurred.

    The Ferryman of Brill

    William H. G. Kingston

  • Soon some thirty of them had met with this fate, and the gulley was full to overflowing.

  • Page 19: "gulley" changed to "gully" (on either side by a gully).


British Dictionary definitions for gulley

gully1

gulley

noun plural -lies or -leys
  1. a channel or small valley, esp one cut by heavy rainwater
  2. NZ a small bush-clad valley
  3. a deep, wide fissure between two buttresses in a mountain face, sometimes containing a stream or scree
  4. cricket
    1. a fielding position between the slips and point
    2. a fielder in this position
  5. either of the two channels at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
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verb -lies, -lying or -lied
  1. (tr) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
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Word Origin

C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet

gully2

noun plural -lies
  1. Scot a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
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Word Origin

C16: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for gulley

gully

n.

"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.

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gulley in Science

gully

[gŭlē]
  1. 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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