noun (1)

less common spelling of

: the upper edge of a ship's or boat's side


noun (2)
gun·​nel | \ ˈgə-nᵊl How to pronounce gunnel (audio) \

Definition of gunnel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small slimy eellike bony fish (Pholis gunnellus) of the North Atlantic broadly : any fish of the family (Pholidae) to which the gunnel belongs

Examples of gunnel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Selwood sprung up on the gunnel at the bow of the boat to avoid the thrashing shark and steadied himself by clinging to the tubular metal frame of the sun shelter, known as a bimini. Rod Mcguirk,, "Shark leaps into boat and lands on Australian fisherman," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of gunnel

Noun (2)

1740, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gunnel

Noun (2)

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“Gunnel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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