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gravelly

[grav-uh-lee] /ˈgræv ə li/
adjective
1.
of, like, or abounding in gravel.
2.
harsh and grating:
a gravelly voice.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English gravelli. See gravel, -y1
Related forms
ungravelly, adjective
Can be confused
gravely, gravelly.
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Examples from the web for gravelly
  • Her voice reminds the swimmer of river rock: gravelly, smooth.
  • In each patient, gravelly measure of his speech there is the sound of great distances.
  • Many soils have rock fragment contents ranging from non-gravelly to gravelly.
  • The plant is found in shallow water in clear, cold lakes and slow streams, often on sandy or gravelly sediments.
British Dictionary definitions for gravelly

gravelly

/ˈɡrævəlɪ/
adjective
1.
consisting of or abounding in gravel
2.
of or like gravel
3.
(esp of a voice) harsh and grating
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Word Origin and History for gravelly
adj.

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

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