gulch "deep ravine," 1832, Amer.Eng., perhaps from obsolete or dialectal verb gulsh "sink in" (of land), "gush out" (of water), from M.E. gulchen "to gush forth; to drink greedily" (c.1200). Cf. gulche-cuppe "a greedy drinker" (mid-13c.).

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(made by running water),

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  • Gulch — Gulch, v. t. [OE. gulchen; cf. dial. Sw. g[ o]lka to gulch, D. gulzig greedy, or E. gulp.] To swallow greedily; to gulp down. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gulch — Gulch, n. 1. Act of gulching or gulping. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A glutton. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 3. A ravine, or part of the deep bed of a torrent when dry; a gully. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gulch — /gulch/, n. a deep, narrow ravine, esp. one marking the course of a stream or torrent. [1825 35; cf. Brit. dial. gulch, gulsh to run with a full stream, gush, (of land) to sink in, ME gulchen to spew forth, gush; expressive word akin to GULP,… …   Universalium

  • gulch — [gʌltʃ] n AmE [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Perhaps from gulch to swallow (13 19 centuries)] a narrow deep valley formed in the past by flowing water, but usually dry now …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gulch — ► NOUN N. Amer. ▪ a narrow, steep sided ravine. ORIGIN perhaps from dialect gulch «to swallow» …   English terms dictionary

  • gulch — ☆ gulch [gulch ] n. [prob. < dial., to swallow greedily < ME gulchen, of echoic orig.] a steep walled valley cut by a swift stream; deep, narrow ravine …   English World dictionary

  • gulch — [ gʌltʃ ] noun count AMERICAN a long narrow valley with very steep sides that used to have water flowing quickly along it but is now usually dry …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gulch — [n] small ravine arroyo, channel, cut, ditch, gap, gorge, gulley, trench, valley; concepts 509,513 …   New thesaurus

  • Gulch — A gulch is a deep V shaped valley formed by erosion. It may contain a small stream or dry creek bed and is usually larger in size than a gully. Occasionally, sudden intense rainfall may produce flash floods in the area of the gulch.In parts of… …   Wikipedia

  • gulch — [[t]gʌ̱ltʃ[/t]] gulches N COUNT: oft in names A gulch is a long narrow valley with steep sides which has been made by a stream flowing through it. [mainly AM] ...California Gulch …   English dictionary

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