noun, plural gus·toes.
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Origin of gusto
historical usage of gusto
In the days of the Holy Roman Empire, a Kurfürst “Prince-Elector” ( Princeps Elector in Latin) was one of the German princes who were members of the electoral college that elected the Kaiser “Emperor.” Kur-, the first element of Kurfürst, comes from Germanic kus-: the s becomes r by rhotacism (this same change process is seen in the English pair was, were and the Latin change of lases to lares ).
The same Germanic root appears in the second element of Valkyrie “(in Norse mythology) one of the maidens who served Odin,” which comes from the Old Icelandic noun valkyrja “(female) chooser of the slain.”
The main current sense of gusto, “keen enjoyment,” first appeared in 1629 but only started to become very common in the early 19th century.
Words nearby gusto
Example sentences 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|Emma Woolf|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|October 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After he said, “go ahead,” she “took a handful and swallowed them with gusto and no dramatics.”
Portrayed with gusto by Rade Šerbedžija, this elder thug has plans for Kim, if he can recapture her.
Teal resumed his remarks with the gusto of a fellow-conspirator.A Man of Means|P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
Then came Scarlett with a couple of balls of tow for plugging seams, which he thrust with gusto into their mouths.Lochinvar|S. R. Crockett
Other men have painted single heads as well or better: but Hals stands alone in his gusto, his abundance, his surpassing brio.A Wanderer in Holland|E. V. Lucas
He pronounced the word with gusto, and I thought it suited with the scene.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI|Robert Louis Stevenson
For the first twelve months Ibsen enjoyed the pleasures of the prodigal returned, and fed with gusto on the fatted calf.Henrik Ibsen|Edmund Gosse