From earlier gulsh (“sink in, gush out”), from Middle English gulchen (“to gulp, spew”), probably from the source of gulp. Likely not related to gully (“ravine formed by water”) despite the similarities.
- (gulp): gulch-cup
gulch (plural gulches)
- A ravine-like or deep V-shaped valley, often eroded by flash floods; shallower than a canyon and deeper than a gully.
- (obsolete) An act of gulching or gulping.
- (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, act 5, scene 16, published 1657:
- You muddy gulche, darst look me in the face while mine eyes sparkle with revengeful fire?
act of gulping — see gulp
glutton — see glutton
a narrow v-shaped valley
- Whitney, William Dwight, ed., The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, New York: The Century Co., 1902.
- ^ Linguistic Studies in Germanic. (1915). United States: University of Chicago Press., p. 37