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
Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Among San Antonio’s best barbecue restaurants are 3 new places that opened in the last year," 7 Jan. 2021 The Toboni Vineyard Pinot Noir is a small site on the Santa Rosa Plain notable for its gravelly minerality that Valdez farmed. Esther Mobley,, "Honoring the wine legend Ulises Valdez," 17 Dec. 2020 Announcer Jess Gomez screamed a gravelly question to the fans waiting for football to start at Herriman High. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Davis defeats Herriman as prep football season kicks off amid coronavirus concerns," 14 Aug. 2020 They are generally found on dry or gravelly alkaline soils in both the eastern and western parts of North America. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Thanks to horticultural hanky panky, coral bells aren't your grandma’s garden plant anymore," 24 Apr. 2020 The operation removed a piece of his neck and changed the tone of his voice, deepening it and giving it a gravelly sound. Susannah Cullinane, CNN, "Singer-songwriter John Prine critically ill with Covid-19," 29 Mar. 2020 Spend time with Taylor and the hours slip away in these kinds of conversations, narrated by the gentle, gravelly tenor of his familiar voice. Raisa Bruner, Time, "'I Knew Inevitably It Would Betray You.' James Taylor on Avoiding the Trap of Celebrity," 6 Feb. 2020 Designed specifically to hinder shredding during heavy use on gravelly or rocky roads, these tires shine when towing. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, "The Fly Fisherman’s Gift Guide," 18 Nov. 2019 Ford's iconic gravelly voice describes how 5G will help firefighters see through smoke and give rescuers new tools to find survivors, while touting the heroism of first responders. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Hear a New Pearl Jam Song in Verizon's Moving Super Bowl Commercial," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of gravelly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2021

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“Gravelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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