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

Definition of gurney

: a wheeled cot or stretcher

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By the time he was loaded onto a gurney and put into an ambulance, the 32-year-old was dead. Dallas News, "'You're gonna kill me!': Dallas police body cam footage reveals the final minutes of Tony Timpa's life," 30 July 2019 One by one, paramedics carted four gurneys south on Paulina as a throng of residents stood on the street corner. Alice Yin,, "6 killed, 63 others wounded by gun violence in long Fourth of July weekend," 8 July 2019 Inside the facility, Ortiz was lying on a gurney, being interviewed by the police. Danny Gold,, "The Broken Case of David Ortiz," 23 July 2019 The trooper peered inside, and sure enough, it was equipped like a hearse, with a rail and a gurney holding a deceased person. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Highway patrol pulled over a hearse in the HOV lane. The driver pointed to the back and asked, 'He doesn't count?'," 2 July 2019 Patients must hold a speaker box to their ear to hear the television, much as if one had attended the de Young Museum’s Monet audio tour while lying on a gurney. Beth Spotswood,, "Go to the hospital,and leave ’em laughing," 3 July 2019 Like how to actually work with individuals who are under the influence, versus seeing that person as a threat and potentially giving them an injection of something to calm them down and strap them to a gurney with handcuffs. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Heady, Thorny Journey to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms," 10 June 2019 He's known for showing up on the group's 1991 album cover on a gurney after being shot in the eye. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Amir Vera, CNN, "Geto Boys co-founder Bushwick Bill dead at 52," 10 June 2019 Davis, a Catholic deacon from Burbank, plans to walk with Berget from death row to the gurney. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "South Dakota to execute inmate on Monday for guard’s slaying," 26 Oct. 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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