Definition of gulch in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡʌltʃ/


North American
A narrow and steep-sided ravine marking the course of a fast stream.
Example sentences
  • Gold seekers, speculators, freighters, merchants, and stockmen flooded the valleys, gulches, and creeks near the Continental Divide.
  • The town of Deadwood is cradled in a narrow gulch between pine-covered bluffs in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • The day of the fire the thermometer reached a record ninety-seven degrees in Helena; it surely topped that in the narrow confines of the gulch about twenty-five miles to the north.


Mid 19th century: perhaps from dialect gulch 'to swallow'.

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