One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A narrow passage between buildings; an alley.
byroad, byway, bridleway, bridle path, path, pathway, footpath, way, towpath, trail, track, road, street, alley, alleyway, roadway, passage, thoroughfareView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century: perhaps from French chenel ‘channel’.
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