gur·​ney | \ ˈgər-nē How to pronounce gurney (audio) \
plural gurneys

Definition of gurney

: a wheeled cot or stretcher

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The two walked beside the gurney as hospital staff wheeled it out of the ICU room and to the hospital’s operating room through an empty corridor. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'This room becomes sacred.' The heroic and heartbreaking journey of one organ donor's body," 17 May 2018 Herrin was restrained on a gurney but somehow escaped after one jail officer left to use the restroom and a second officer was distracted for 10 to 15 seconds. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Escape attempt leads to elevated security status for Kent murder suspect," 12 July 2018 One minute Pump is being pushed on a gurney and the next both men are passing out colorful pills from a trolley cart. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Lil Pump Previews Bizarre Video for 'Drug Addict' Featuring Charlie Sheen: Watch," 5 July 2018 Finally, he was placed on a gurney and taken to the hospital. Meris Lutz, ajc, "Cobb on hook for Wellstar legal fees in wrongful death suit," 11 June 2018 Locklear then proceeded to allegedly kick an EMT, who was attempting to put her on a gurney, in the chest. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Heather Locklear might face legal action for allegedly attacking EMT: report," 6 July 2018 After he was wheeled into the hospital, firefighter Rick Erickson stayed back, cleaning the gurney, spraying disinfectant and mopping. Anchorage Daily News, "An endless loop: Homeless, alcoholic and dependent on Anchorage’s fraying and expensive safety net," 20 Jan. 2016 Video footage showed the conscious suspect being wheeled into a hospital on a gurney. Washington Post, "Gunman arrested after police shootout at Trump resort," 18 May 2018 Davila, 31, belted to a gurney in the Texas death chamber, offered no apologies. CBS News, "Texas man executed for killing 5-year-old and her grandmother at girl's birthday party," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gurney

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gurney

probably ultimately from Gurney cab type of horse-drawn cab with a rear entrance, from J. Theodore Gurney, who patented such a cab in Boston in 1883

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English Language Learners Definition of gurney

US : a bed on a frame with wheels that is used for moving people who are sick or injured


gur·​ney | \ ˈgər-nē How to pronounce gurney (audio) \
plural gurneys

Medical Definition of gurney

: a wheeled cot or stretcher

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