Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, full of, or covered with rock fragments or pebbles: a gravelly beach.
  • adj. Having a harsh rasping sound: a gravelly voice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of, or covered with gravel or pebbles
  • adj. Unpleasantly harsh or rasping

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding with gravel; consisting of gravel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding with gravel; consisting of gravel: as, a gravelly soil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
  • adj. abounding in small stones

Etymologies

gravel +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Like most of Scott's other highlight-accompanying phrases that may or may not refer to home runs - "I'm not a player, I just crush a lot," "And the Lord said you got to ... rise up" (in gravelly voice) - the call has no contextual meaning whatsoever.

    Making the call on home run callers

  • Rocks are the original basis of all soils, and according to the degree of fineness to which they have been reduced, through centuries of decomposition by air, moisture and frost, they are known as gravelly, sandy or clayey soils.

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  • The first river which is a branch of this one runs over a gravelly bottom & the soil on its banks is for a short distance gravelly, which is the only place we have seen gravel since we started.

    John Work's Journey from Fort Vancouver to Umpqua River, and Return, in 1834

  • The coast up to this point presented the same general appearance as yesterday, namely a gravelly or sandy beach skirted by green plains, but as we proceeded the shore became exceedingly rocky and sterile and at last, projecting considerably to the northward, it formed a high and steep promontory.

    The Journey to the Polar Sea

  • The soil at To Kalon is described as gravelly with some clay.

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  • I don't remember seeing him give his official TV farewell, but I strongly recall his gravelly voice, his pursed lips and his shuffling gait.

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  • Trials on poor sites, such as gravelly soil over a lateritic hardpan, indicate the growth reached is only half of that but is still better than several provenances of Eucalyptus camaldulensis, E. tereticornis, end E. brassiana.

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  • And parts of it gravelly which is the first soil of the kind we have seen since we started.

    John Work's Journey from Fort Vancouver to Umpqua River, and Return, in 1834

  • The soil in wine regions is different than the dirt that most of us have in our backyards; in the vineyards the soil is usually defined by terms such as gravelly, volcanic, clay or chalky.

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  • Leatherface's music has been described as a cross between Hüsker Dü and Motörhead, a notable element being Stubbs 'rasping, "gravelly" vocals.

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