: a deep or precipitous cleft : ravine
especially : one occupied by a torrent

Examples of gulch in a Sentence

the gulch floods in the spring with the runoff from the mountains, so wait until later in the summer to hike it
Recent Examples on the Web Her house sits in a gulch in between two tall hills and her nearest neighbor is about three miles away, so her only other option is satellite service. Madeleine Ngo, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Gayle and Ross Hart, a couple in their 70s, see the fire cross a gulch near their neighborhood in Kula. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 15 Aug. 2023 Those in Kula also shared harrowing stories of trying to save themselves and their homes as flames raced over fields and down the gulch toward them. Brianna Sacks, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2023 That fire had already burned an estimated 678 acres, and multiple hot spots were burning in gulches and other hard-to-reach places. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 14 Aug. 2023 At least 29 people were killed and over a dozen more were injured when a passenger bus crashed into a gulch in southern Mexico on Wednesday. Brian Brant, Peoplemag, 6 July 2023 Investigators determined there was a flash flood in the gulch when the men were hiking. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 23 May 2023 The mysterious movie stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun as residents of a lonely gulch of inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery, and the trailer hints at a very close encounter that wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting population. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 14 Feb. 2022 Kaluuya and Palmer play siblings on a gulch in California who bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 20 July 2022 See More

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Word History


perhaps from English dialect gulch to gulp, from Middle English gulchen

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gulch was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Gulch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gulch. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: ravine

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