gully

noun (1)
gul·ly | \ˈgu̇-lē, ˈgə- \
plural gullies

Definition of gully 

(Entry 1 of 3)

dialectal British

: a large knife

gully

noun (2)
gul·ly | \ˈgə-lē \
variants: or less commonly gulley
plural gullies

Definition of gully (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a trench which was originally worn in the earth by running water and through which water often runs after rains

2 : a small valley or gulch

gully

verb
gul·ly | \ˈgə-lē \
gullied; gullying

Definition of gully (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make gullies in

intransitive verb

: to undergo erosion : form gullies

First Known Use of gully

Noun (1)

1582, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1754, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for gully

Noun (1)

short for English dialect gully knife

Noun (2)

obsolete English gully gullet, probably alteration of Middle English golet ravine, throat

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gully

noun
gul·ly | \ˈgə-lē \
plural gullies

Kids Definition of gully

: a trench worn in the earth by running water

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