- 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.
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for gully on Thesaurus.com
1. gulch, gorge, defile, watercourse.
[guhl-ee, goo l-ee]
- a knife, especially a large kitchen or butcher knife.
Origin of gully2
First recorded in 1575–85; origin uncertain
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After long looking about I found water in a gully and camped.
Followed up the gully about a mile, and came to a small spring, and camped.
Camped on a gully with some old feed in the flat, in latitude 27 degrees 49 minutes.
At about noon we found some water in a gully by scratching a hole, but it was quite salt.
We left the track to examine a gully to the north, but could not find any water.
- 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
- (tr) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet
- Scot a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
C16: of obscure origin
Word Origin and History for gully
"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
- 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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