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[guhlch] /gʌltʃ/
a deep, narrow ravine, especially one marking the course of a stream or torrent.
Origin of gulch
British dialect
1825-35; compare British dialect gulch, gulsh to run with a full stream, gush, (of land) to sink in, Middle English gulchen to spew forth, gush; expressive word akin to gulp, gush, etc. Unabridged
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  • The gulch was being worked with rockers and pans, and claim stakes seemed to be planted clear through, from side to side.

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • Simultaneously with the report, the Indian fell on his back on the side of the gulch.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • The lads handed their weapons to Seth and moved out toward the gulch.

    Boy Scouts on the Great Divide Archibald Lee Fletcher
  • I left him grazing in a gulch, and was not again able to locate the gulch.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • So we crossed the trail, and I signed to Carson and to Smith to move out across the gulch and around by the other side.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • So together they passed into the gulch, Bellamy walking by the side of her horse.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • The gulch was long and broken, and of course not half the sights were to be seen from any one point.

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • MacQueen helped her to one of the horses Jackson brought to the lip of the gulch.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for gulch


(US & Canadian) a narrow ravine cut by a fast stream
Word Origin
C19: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for gulch

"deep ravine," 1832, American English, perhaps from obsolete or dialectal verb gulsh "sink in" (of land), "gush out" (of water), from Middle English gulchen "to gush forth; to drink greedily" (c.1200). Cf. gulche-cuppe "a greedy drinker" (mid-13c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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