- The definition of a gully is a narrow waterway.
An example of a gully is a rain ditch on the side of a driveway.
verbgul·lied, gul·ly·ing, gul·lies
Origin of gullyPerhaps alteration of Middle English golet, throat, channel; see gullet.
nounpl. gul·lies Chiefly British
Origin of gullyShort for dialectal gully knife : gully (probably alteration of Middle English golet, throat; see gullet) + knife.
- A trench, ravine or narrow channel which was worn by water flow, especially on a hillside.
- A small valley.
- (UK) A drop kerb.
- A road drain.
- (cricket) A fielding position on the off side about 30 degrees behind square, between the slips and point; a fielder in such a position
- (UK) A grooved iron rail or tram plate.
(third-person singular simple present gullies, present participle gullying, simple past and past participle gullied)
- To wear away into a gully or gullies.
Probably related to Middle English golet "ravine, throat," French goulet, Latin gula "throat".
- (Scotland, northern UK) A large knife.
Scots gully, of unknown origin.