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Origin of gurney

First recorded in 1935–40; of unexplained orig. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for gurney


  1. US a wheeled stretcher for transporting hospital patients

Word Origin for gurney

C20: of unknown origin


  1. Ivor (Bertie). 1890–1937, British poet and composer, noted esp for his songs and his poems of World War I
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Word Origin and History for gurney

by 1921, of unknown origin. It also is a surname.

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gurney in Medicine


n. pl. gur•neys
  1. A metal stretcher with wheeled legs, used for transporting patients.
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