Definition of ginnel in English:

ginnel

noun

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

    • ‘Just after midnight the man was returning home via a ginnel running from Skipton Road to Main Street when it appears he was attacked.’
    • ‘You have to walk down a dark lane or a dark ginnel to access public transport.’
    • ‘Access roads and ginnels have now been sealed off.’
    • ‘Sometimes people want ginnels closed for security reasons, other times they need to stay open as a valuable local access route.’
    • ‘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.’
    byroad, byway, bridleway, bridle path, path, pathway, footpath, way, towpath, trail, track, road, street, alley, alleyway, roadway, passage, thoroughfare
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Origin

Early 17th century: perhaps from French chenel channel.

Pronunciation:

ginnel

/ˈɡɪn(ə)l/