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See also: Gurt and GURT




Etymology 1Edit


gurt (plural gurts)

  1. (mining) A gutter or channel for water, hewn out of the bottom of a working drift.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gurt in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Etymology 2Edit

From great.

Alternative formsEdit



  1. (Britain dialectal, West Country) Eye dialect spelling of great.
    • 1842, The Sportsman, Volume VI: January to June, page 103,
      Zo ′e bought a slap-up rod and tackle, and, ev coose, a darn gurt book vull o′ vlies — talk′d about ketchin′ whackin′ trout, and me — ap a salmon the fust time.
    • 1845, Douglas Jerrold (editor), Shilling Magazine, Volume II: July to December, page 416,
      “That was the word,” said Farmer Forder. “Hav′n pocketed the tuppunce, the chap as show′d off the clock opened the case, and let me zee the works of ′un, and wonderful works they was : wheels within wheels, and all sorts o′ crinkum-crankums, like a gurt puzzle. []
    • 1884, John Coker Egerton, Sussex Folk and Sussex Ways: Stray Studies in the Wealden Formation of Human Nature[1], page 27:
      “Well, Tom, where did those birds settle?”
      “Down there, sir, under that gurt oak-tree.”
      Not a bird, however, was to be found.