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.

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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Historical Examples of gusto

  • Then the great man began to swear, and did it well and fluently, with gusto.

    Cruel Barbara Allen

    David Christie Murray

  • I wish I could tell the third story with half the gusto with which Dawson related it.


    David Christie Murray

  • The latter ate his supper with gusto, talking all the while with the old woman.

  • He munched his humble fare with a gusto he had not known for years.

  • “You may depend upon me in that, my dear sir,” said the minister, with gusto.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth

British Dictionary definitions for gusto



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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