- any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), especially Pholis gunnellus (rock gunnel), common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic.
Origin of gunnel1
First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain
Also called bracketed blenny.
Origin of gunnel2
1425–75; Middle English. See gunwale
- the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
- the sheer strake of a wooden vessel; the uppermost strake beneath the plank-sheer.
Origin of gunwale
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Examples from the Web for gunnel
He was on the rope-ladder that dangled down in the air from the gunnel.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Here Lieutenant Gunnel was posted, with seven royal marines as a rear-guard.Our Sailors
He smiled as he stood on the gunnel, holding on by the main shrouds.
A man now made his appearance from over the gunnel, at the gangway.
Soe we are going to lose not only Mr. Clement, but Mr. Gunnel!
- any eel-like blennioid fish of the family Pholidae, occurring in coastal regions of northern seasSee also butterfish
C17: of unknown origin
- a variant spelling of gunwale
C15: from gun + wale 1 from its use to support guns
- nautical the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
- full to the gunwales completely full; full to overflowing
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Word Origin and History for gunnel
small marine fish, 1680s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Cornish.
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