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[guhl-ee] /ˈgʌl i/
noun, plural gulleys.
gully1 (defs 1, 2).


[guhl-ee, goo l-ee] /ˈgʌl i, ˈgʊl i/
noun, plural gulleys. Scot. and North England.
gully2 .


or gulley

[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.
Origin of gully2
1575-85; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gulley
Historical Examples
  • She went on till she came to a dip, or gulley, when a break in the cliff occurred.

    The Ferryman of Brill William H. G. Kingston
  • I looked through the passage and saw that the gulley was black with baboons.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • We had found a gulley washed out by an autumn storm, and it afforded a little protection against the wind.

    An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  • Page 19: "gulley" changed to "gully" (on either side by a gully).

    The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley Harlan Ingersoll Smith
  • Soon some thirty of them had met with this fate, and the gulley was full to overflowing.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • The camel was in a gulley between the second and third hills.

    Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Let a portion of the drops of rain get together and make a stream, and they will form a gulley.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, January 1883 The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
  • There were two very high hills, and we were in the gulley at the bottom.

  • This, in turn, had set off an avalanche on the gentle slope and all of it had poured into the gulley.

    Rescue Dog of the High Pass James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • And mayhap among the bogs and hills 'tis lonelier than in the gulley.

    Under the Storm Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for gulley


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 gulley



"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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gulley 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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