Definition of ginnel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪn(ə)l/


Northern English
A narrow passage between buildings; an alley.
Example sentences
  • Just after midnight the man was returning home via a ginnel running from Skipton Road to Main Street when it appears he was attacked.
  • Access roads and ginnels have now been sealed off.
  • You have to walk down a dark lane or a dark ginnel to access public transport.


Early 17th century: perhaps from French chenel 'channel'.

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