Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[grav-uh-lee] /ˈgræv ə li/
of, like, or abounding in gravel.
harsh and grating:
a gravelly voice.
Origin of gravelly
1350-1400; Middle English gravelli. See gravel, -y1
Related forms
ungravelly, adjective
Can be confused
gravely, gravelly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for gravelly
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The corps had no artillery present, its batteries, on account of the mud, being still north of gravelly Run.

    The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete General Philip Henry Sheridan
  • This was across the gravelly ford of the Graybull, near the mouth of the Piney.

    The Biography of a Grizzly Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • So the two men went up the gravelly walk and knocked firmly but respectfully at the door.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • There is a boat-house, and a strip of gravelly beach, now that the tide is out.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • A little higher, she took possession of a great, gray bowlder jutting like a giant table from the gravelly soil.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for gravelly


consisting of or abounding in gravel
of or like gravel
(esp of a voice) harsh and grating
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gravelly

late 14c., "covered with gravel or sand," from gravel + -y (2). Of voices, by 1944.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for gravelly

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gravelly