gully

noun (1)
gul·​ly | \ ˈgu̇-lē How to pronounce gully (audio) , ˈgə- How to pronounce gully (audio) \
plural gullies

Definition of gully

 (Entry 1 of 3)

dialectal British
: a large knife

gully

noun (2)
gul·​ly | \ ˈgə-lē How to pronounce gully (audio) \
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 How to pronounce gully (audio) \
gullied; gullying

Definition of gully (Entry 3 of 3)

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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The first known use of gully was in 1582

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“Gully.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gully. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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gully

noun
gul·​ly | \ ˈgə-lē How to pronounce gully (audio) \
plural gullies

Kids Definition of gully

: a trench worn in the earth by running water

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