Gulch (disambiguation) on Wikipedia


Alternative formsEdit


From earlier gulsh (sink in, gush out), from Middle English gulchen (to gulp, spew), probably from the source of gulp.[1] Likely not related to gully (ravine formed by water) despite the similarities.



gulch (third-person singular simple present gulches, present participle gulching, simple past and past participle gulched)

  1. (obsolete) To swallow greedily; to gulp down.
  2. (obsolete) To fall heavily.

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gulch (plural gulches)

  1. A ravine-like or deep V-shaped valley, often eroded by flash floods; shallower than a canyon and deeper than a gully.
  2. (obsolete) An act of gulching or gulping.
  3. (obsolete) A glutton.
    • 1601, Jonson, Ben, The Poetaster, act 3, scene 1:
      You did not! where was your sight, Œdipus? you walk with hare's eyes, do you? I'll have them glazed, rogue; an you say the word, they shall be glazed for you: come we must have you turn fiddler again, slave, get a base viol at your back, and march in a tawney coat, with one sleeve, to Goose-fair; then you'll know us, you'll see us then, you will, gulch, you will.
    • 1607, Tomkis, Thomas, Lingua, or the Combat of the Tongue and the Five Senses for Superiority[1], act 5, scene 16, published 1657:
      You muddy gulche, darst look me in the face while mine eyes sparkle with revengeful fire?

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  • Whitney, William Dwight, ed., The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, New York: The Century Co., 1902.
  1. ^ Linguistic Studies in Germanic. (1915). United States: University of Chicago Press., p. 37