- hearty or keen enjoyment, as in eating or drinking, or in action or speech in general: to dance with gusto.
- individual taste or liking: The boy is an imaginative charmer, with a gusto for storytelling.
- Archaic. artistic style or taste.
Origin of gusto
Examples from the Web for gusto
As admirable as the U.S. fightback against Belgium was the pride and gusto of their fans.Home of the (Footballing) Brave: The U.S. Bested Britain in World Cup Spirit
July 7, 2014
Of course, the young people on the progressive side of the hall supported my cause with gusto.We Are Radicals at Heart: A New History Gets America Wrong
Harvey J. Kaye
December 5, 2013
For her other performance, she also belted “Wrecking Ball” with all the gusto of a young Linda Blair having an exorcism.Miley Cyrus Twerks Out a Stellar ‘Saturday Night Live’ Hosting Stint
October 6, 2013
After he said, “go ahead,” she “took a handful and swallowed them with gusto and no dramatics.”Richard Burton’s Sexy Diaries: 13 Juiciest Bits
October 20, 2012
Portrayed with gusto by Rade Šerbedžija, this elder thug has plans for Kim, if he can recapture her.‘Taken 2’s’ Crazy Sexual Politics!
October 11, 2012
Then the great man began to swear, and did it well and fluently, with gusto.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
I wish I could tell the third story with half the gusto with which Dawson related it.Recollections
David Christie Murray
The latter ate his supper with gusto, talking all the while with the old woman.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
He munched his humble fare with a gusto he had not known for years.The Rainy Day Railroad War
“You may depend upon me in that, my dear sir,” said the minister, with gusto.The Golden Shoemaker
J. W. Keyworth
- vigorous enjoyment, zest, or relish, esp in the performance of an actionthe aria was sung with great gusto
Word Origin and History for gusto
1620s, from Italian gusto "taste," from Latin gustus "a tasting," related to gustare "to taste, take a little of," from PIE root *geus- "to taste, choose" (cf. Sanskrit jus- "enjoy, be pleased," Avestan zaosa- "pleasure," Old Persian dauš- "enjoy"), a root that forms words for "taste" in Greek and Latin, but mostly meaning "try" or "choose" in Germanic and Celtic (cf. Old English cosan, cesan "to choose," Gothic kausjan "to test, to taste of," Old High German koston "try," German kosten "taste of"). The semantic development could have been in either direction. In English, guste "organ of taste, sense of taste," is mid-15c., from French.