[ guhs-toh ]
/ ˈgʌs toʊ /

noun, plural gus·toes.

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.

Nearby words

  1. gustavus ii,
  2. gustavus iii,
  3. gustavus iv,
  4. gustavus v,
  5. gustavus vi,
  6. guston,
  7. guston, philip,
  8. gusty,
  9. gut,
  10. gut check

Origin of gusto

1620–30; < Italian < Latin gustus; see gust2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gusto


/ (ˈɡʌstəʊ) /


vigorous enjoyment, zest, or relish, esp in the performance of an actionthe aria was sung with great gusto

Word Origin for gusto

C17: from Spanish: taste, from Latin gustus a tasting; see gustation

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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.

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