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  • enPR: gŭl'ē, IPA(key): /ˈɡʌli/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌli

Etymology 1[edit]

(sense 1) Gully

Probably a variant of Middle English golet (esophagus, gullet), from Old French goulet, from Latin gula (throat). Shift in meaning in Middle English to "water channel, ravine" may have been influenced by Middle English gylle, gille, galle (deep narrow valley, ravine); see gill.


gully (plural gullies)

  1. A trench, ravine or narrow channel which was worn by water flow, especially on a hillside.
    Synonym: gill
  2. A small valley.
  3. (UK) A drop kerb.
  4. A road drain.
    • 2021 June 16, “Network News: Drainage work at Guiseley station”, in RAIL, number 933, page 19:
      A new drainage run and rainwater gullies are to be installed between the station and Oxford Road, with completion planned for December 1.
  5. (cricket) A fielding position on the off side about 30 degrees behind square, between the slips and point; a fielder in such a position
    Synonym: box
  6. (UK) A grooved iron rail or tram plate.
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  • German: Gully


gully (third-person singular simple present gullies, present participle gullying, simple past and past participle gullied)

  1. (obsolete) To flow noisily.[1].
  2. (transitive) To wear away into a gully or gullies.
  1. ^ Samuel Johnson (15 April 1755), “GULLY”, in A Dictionary of the English Language: [] In Two Volumes, volume I (A–K), London: [] J[ohn] and P[aul] Knapton; [], →OCLC.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Scots gully, of unknown origin.


gully (plural gullies)

  1. (Scotland, northern UK) A large knife.

Etymology 3[edit]

Borrowed from Hindi गली (galī) / Urdu گَلی(galī); spelling probably influenced by other uses of this word.


gully (plural gullies)

  1. (South Asia) an alleyway or side street.
    gully cricket
    street cricket

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gully (plural gullies)

  1. large knife
    • God than he lewch and owre the dyk lap, / And owt of his scheith his gully owtgatt. (The Bannatyne Manuscript)