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[guht-buhk-it] /ˈgʌtˌbʌk ɪt/
jazz played in the raucous and high-spirited style of barrelhouse.
Origin of gutbucket
First recorded in 1925-30; gut + bucket Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gut-bucket


a highly emotional style of jazz playing
Word Origin
C20: from US gutbucket a cheap gambling saloon where musicians could play for hand-outs
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Word Origin and History for gut-bucket

in reference to jazz, "earthy," by 1929, supposedly originally a reference to the buckets which caught the drippings, or gutterings, from barrels. Which would connect it to gutter (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gut-bucket



  1. A strongly rhythmic, emotionally evocative, uninhibited style of jazz: puts toe-tapping tunes atop the complicated counterpoint, so I've started calling this music avant-gutbucket for its brains, historical sweep, and down-home emotion
  2. A fat, pompous person

[1910+ Jazz musicians; first sense fr a New Orleans name for a low resort, where a gutbucket, that is, a beer bucket or a chamber pot, would be used to collect contributions for the musicians; second sense fr the notion of a bucket of guts]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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