gur·​ney | \ˈgər-nē \
plural gurneys

Definition of gurney 

: a wheeled cot or stretcher

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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 Despite fears from his attorneys that a vein would not be found for the IVs, prison technicians had one needle inserted in his left hand three minutes after he was strapped to the death chamber gurney. NBC News, "Texas executes convicted killer whose attorneys proposed firing squad," 28 June 2018 Locklear then proceeded to allegedly kick an EMT who was attempting to put her on a gurney. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Heather Locklear arrested for attacking cop, EMT," 25 June 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

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


gur·​ney | \ˈgər-nē \
plural gurneys

Medical Definition of gurney 

: a wheeled cot or stretcher

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