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[guht-ee] /ˈgʌt i/
adjective, guttier, guttiest.
Informal. showing spirit; plucky; gutsy:
a gutty attempt to kick a field goal.
Origin of gutty
First recorded in 1935-40; gut + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They were "gutty" balls, mind, which did not fly away off the irons like the rubber-cores.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • Certainly the score with which the championship was won was phenomenally low for those days of gutty balls.

  • With a gutty ball it was really a fine long, slashing carry, and to play short was sometimes the better part of valour.

  • There were more short drivers than there are now, in the days of the solid "gutty" ball.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • This was good work for a lady, especially as I rather fancy she must have been using the gutty ball at that time.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • Bunkers that were once quite deep in the old days of the gutty are in too many cases shallow and useless under the new conditions.

British Dictionary definitions for gutty


noun (Irish, dialect) (pl) -ties
an urchin or delinquent
a low-class person
Word Origin
probably from gutter, perhaps from the compound guttersnipe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for gutty



  1. Forceful and assertive: a good gutty rock number (1939+)
  2. gutsy (1950s+)
  3. apable of high speed; having a powerful engine (1950s+ Hot rodders)
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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