Definition of gully in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡəlē/
(also gulley)

noun (plural gullies)

1A water-worn ravine.
Example sentences
  • Small, unsurfaced roads dipping through gullies and ravines are apt to get wiped out from flash flooding, and help in remote areas usually is slow in coming.
  • And he would ride these cars into gullies and across ravines and he'd order the secret service to have it repaired for the next day so he could be ready to do it again.
  • For the next three weeks the expedition carried their pirogues and canoes up steep slopes, over jagged ridges and around gullies and ravines.
1.1A deep artificial channel serving as a gutter or drain.
Example sentences
  • You can also see gullies and huge channels of water draining from the city and then running back into the sea.
  • They then got trapped in the sand next to the Lancaster channel - one of four deep gullies that criss-cross the area.
  • Now a review of the city's cleaning of gullies, gutters, footpaths and back lanes in terraced streets has prompted commercial services officers to study the issue.


[with object] (usually as adjective gullied)
Erode gullies into (land) by water action: he began to pick his way over the gullied landscape
More example sentences
  • That human impact, along with the climatic forces of wind and water has gullied, eroded and damaged plant ecosystems over a large area of the hill.
  • The skarn is exposed along a steep mountainside that is gullied along its base by several small, intermittent streams that flow into a beautiful, boulder-filled river.
  • The Customs House and the blunt gullied bulk of the Grote Kirk, manifestations of commerce and Calvinism, dominated a town famous for its rigorous Dutch cleanliness.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'gullet'): from French goulet (see gullet).

Words that rhyme with gully

dully, gulley, sully

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Syllabification: gul·ly

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