grav·​el·​ly | \ ˈgrav-lē How to pronounce gravelly (audio) , ˈgra-və-\

Definition of gravelly

1 : of, containing, or covered with gravel
2 : having a rough or grating sound a gravelly voice

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Examples of gravelly in a Sentence

his singing voice is a little gravelly, but otherwise he's a fine musician

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Chain, who repeatedly pulled at his long, dark hair that was dyed magenta at the ends, thanked the judge in a deep gravelly voice. Fox News, "Man faces charges he threatened journalists to defend Trump," 31 Aug. 2018 Brown's gravelly voice, messy salt-and-pepper mane and Velcro black sneakers aren't an act. Jason Williams,, "PX column: Why Sherrod Brown could be Democrats' best hope for defeating Donald Trump," 6 July 2018 With his gravelly voice and trademark mustache, Beck is every inch the law enforcement elder statesman who himself was the son of a high-ranking LAPD officer. Cindy Chang,, "Retiring after more than 40 years, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has evolved with the department he leads," 24 June 2018 The incoherence was exacerbated by the voice, a gravelly smoker’s baritone. Oanh Ngo Usadi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Learning English with a drawl," 30 May 2018 On a literal level, that’s all the two were fighting about: just 20 feet of gravelly beach. Chris Colin, Outside Online, "Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights," 30 May 2018 Earlier this year, model Adwoa Aboah lent her body and gravelly British accent to the provocative and political short film Define Beauty: Nipples. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Janet Jackson Takes Home the Billboard Icon Award—And Proves How Far We’ve Come Since Nipplegate," 20 May 2018 The rock plate stood up to hours of bushwhacking with a 60-pound pack in Colorado’s Park Range, and the fat lugs on the Vibram outsole gave us confidence on slick roots and gravelly paths. Outside Online, "The Best Trail Shoes of 2018," 15 May 2018 Smallmouth – good from the main lake halfway back in the creeks using a Ned rig on outside of bushes and along gravelly points; largemouth – a majority are in spawning pockets along gravelly flats in the backs of creeks, try using a swimbait. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Outdoors report: Improved fishing prospects, and a Missouri turkey tally | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of gravelly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gravelly

: containing or covered with gravel
: having a rough sound


grav·​el·​ly | \ ˈgra-və-lē How to pronounce gravelly (audio) \

Kids Definition of gravelly

1 : containing or made up of gravel gravelly soil
2 : sounding rough a gravelly voice

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