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

Examples of gravelly in a Sentence

his singing voice is a little gravelly, but otherwise he's a fine musician
Recent Examples on the Web Wild columbine is a fine choice for a gravelly slope, rock ledge, or rock garden., 29 May 2022 Rosemead Boulevard, just south of the 60 Freeway and running through the Whittier Narrows, is a fast-moving stretch with gravelly shoulders. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 From the 1960s through the 1980s, scientists captured about 100 specimens in steep, fast-flowing, rocky and gravelly sections of the lower portions of tributaries to the Susquehanna River. Scott Dance,, 17 Nov. 2021 Another park site name being reconsidered: Negro Bar in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area northeast of Sacramento, a gravelly stretch of land where Black settlers in 1850 set up gold-mining camps. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 From his gravelly Cajun voice, to his emotional sideline presence, to the fears that his raw personality would not connect with elite Trojans boosters, Orgeron didn’t fit the athletic administration’s idea of a Trojans leader. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Just sit back, relax and enjoy the gravelly intonations of Vin Diesel as the gang’s ringleader, Dominic Toretto. Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 Dark and Hell Is Hot, played on the speakers, his gravelly voice rising, falling, and echoing around the sparsely populated arena. Ben Dandridge-lemco, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2021 The fat was rendered to its golden sweet spot, and the bark gave off the gravelly growl of salt, pepper and something savory ($11.25 per half-pound). Mike Sutter,, 7 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gravelly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2022

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“Gravelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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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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