Definition of ginnel in English:



Northern English
  • A narrow passage between buildings; an alley.

    • ‘We hope that by cutting hedgerows we will make ginnels safer and make it more difficult for burglars to work without the cover that overgrown hedges provide.’
    • ‘Sometimes people want ginnels closed for security reasons, other times they need to stay open as a valuable local access route.’
    • ‘Access roads and ginnels have now been sealed off.’
    • ‘You have to walk down a dark lane or a dark ginnel to access public transport.’
    • ‘Just after midnight the man was returning home via a ginnel running from Skipton Road to Main Street when it appears he was attacked.’
    byroad, byway, bridleway, bridle path, path, pathway, footpath, way, towpath, trail, track, road, street, alley, alleyway, roadway, passage, thoroughfare
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Early 17th century: perhaps from French chenel ‘channel’.