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[guhl-ee] /ˈgʌl i/
noun, plural gullies. 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.
  1. the position of a fielder between point and slips.
  2. the fielder occupying this position.
verb (used with object), gullied, gullying.
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
1. gulch, gorge, defile, watercourse.


[guhl-ee, goo l-ee] /ˈgʌl i, ˈgʊl i/
noun, plural gullies. Scot. and North England
a knife, especially a large kitchen or butcher knife.
Also, gulley.
1575-85; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gully
  • Five people were killed when a single-engine airplane crashed into a gully in overcast weather, the state police said.
  • Some of the oldest rock art in the world has been found in a remote gully on the reserve.
  • It's kind of a tight gully filled with all kinds of hips and natural features.
  • Now their rigid and bloated bodies lie on the edge of a deep gully.
  • Roads have the same asphalt and gully covers as decades ago.
  • It plunged into a gully at the end of the runway and burst into flames, killing two of the crew of four.
  • It's true that it's a hundred feet to the bottom of the gully.
  • It is located in a gully teeming with coconut palms and oil palms, and is ravaged by flooding.
  • Instead, the cars crawl down a couple of hundred feet into a gully and up the other side.
  • Alex stops and points out the goal, a gully across the basin.
British Dictionary definitions for gully


noun (pl) -lies, -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
  1. a fielding position between the slips and point
  2. a fielder in this position
either of the two channels at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
verb -lies, -lying, -lied
(transitive) to make (channels) in (the ground, sand, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from French goulet neck of a bottle; see gullet


noun (pl) -lies
(Scot) a large knife, such as a butcher's knife
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin
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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.

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gully in Science
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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