Ginnel, Gennal, Jennel


Built, Functional, Path

Area of origin


Area of use

N England esp. Yorkshire and Lancashire

Related terms

Holloway, Twitchel, Twitchell, Twitten

  1. A narrow passageway between houses linking the street to the “back alley” that runs along the rear of a terraced row
  2. A channel, natural or built (obsolete)
  3. A holloway [N.E]
  4. In mining usage, a narrow underground roadway, which may have followed, for extractive purposes, a mineral vein. [T.S.]


Of obscure origin: sense 2 suggests a corruption of French chenellechannel”

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    Entry contributors:

    Nigel Atkinson, Nathan Emmett, Tony Smith