[ guhl-ee ]
/ ˈgʌl i /
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noun, plural gul·lies.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.
- the position of a fielder between point and slips.
- the fielder occupying this position.
verb (used with object), gul·lied, gul·ly·ing.
to make gullies in.
to form (channels) by the action of water.
Slang. of or relating to the environment, culture, or life experience in poor urban neighborhoods; vulgar, raw, or authentic; ghetto: Does your mama know what you’re up to on these gully street corners all night?Keepin’ it gully, for real!
OTHER WORDS FOR gully
1 gulch, gorge, defile, watercourse.
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Origin of gully1
First recorded in 1530–40; apparently a variant of gullet, with -y replacing French -et
Other definitions for gully (2 of 2)
[ guhl-ee, gool-ee ]
/ ˈgʌl i, ˈgʊl i /
noun, plural gul·lies.Scot. and North England.
a knife, especially a large kitchen or butcher knife.
Origin of gully2
First recorded in 1575–85; origin uncertain
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How to use gully in a sentence
The stench of decomposing flesh greeted us before we saw that rotting bodies were lying in the gullies on either side of us.U.N. Ambassador Designate Samantha Power’s Greatest Journalistic Hits|Caitlin Dickson|June 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes a trenchful of the enemy would fire a volley and half of them disappear through gullies leading to other cover.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Day after day they rode through caons and winding intermittent gullies, shallow basins, and dry washes.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O|Clair Blank
Deprived of sustenance, nearly all the shorter streams dried up, and the channels which they had hewn became arid gullies.Overland|John William De Forest
The blood soaked out from under the cloth he held there against it, and ran down the little gullies between the ribs.The Belted Seas|Arthur Colton
They were taken in the gullies that were cut for watering the meadows.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1|Gilbert White
British Dictionary definitions for gully (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɡʌlɪ) /
noun plural -lies or -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
- a fielding position between the slips and point
- a fielder in this position
either of the two channels at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
verb -lies, -lying or -lied
(tr) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
Word Origin for gully
C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet
British Dictionary definitions for gully (2 of 2)
/ (ˈɡʌlɪ) /
noun plural -lies
Scot a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
Word Origin for gully
C16: of obscure origin
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Scientific definitions for gully
[ gŭl′ē ]
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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