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[guht-lis] /ˈgʌt lɪs/
adjective, Informal.
lacking courage, fortitude, or determination.
Origin of gutless
1600-10 for literal sense; gut + -less
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gutlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • Of all the gutless wonders I've ever heard of that pilgrim takes the prize.

    Assassin Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Rostoff snatched up the fallen gun, snarling, "I'm calling your bluff, you gutless rummy."

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Or are all you Mentorians so gutless that you believe any half-baked folk tale the Lhari pass off on you?

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for gutless


(informal) lacking courage or determination
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gutless

"cowardly," 1900, from gut (n.) in the figurative "spirit" sense (see guts) + -less. Literal sense is from c.1600. Related: Gutlessly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gutless



Cowardly; feeble; chicken (1915+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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