1. boisterous, stormy, rough ...1718 Sc.
2. surly, cross, crabbed, growly, ill-humoured, bad-tempered, sour-tempered ...1721 Sc.
3. of water: gurgling; of infants: gurgling, crowing ...1823 Sc,
4. of a tree: gnarled ...1837 Sc.
from gurl (n. a growl, boisterous or rough weather) or gurl (vb. to rumble, to growl) + -y
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1718 - see EXAMPLE below
"...From me Edina, to the Brave and Fair,
Health, Joy and Love, and Banishment of Care:
Forasmuch as bare Fields and gurly Skies
Make rural Scenes ungrateful to the Eyes;
When Hyperborean Blasts confound the Plain,
Driving, by Turns, light Snow and heavy Rain..."
From: Edinburgh's Address to the Country, November, 1718
- Allan Ramsay