- the bowels or entrails.
- Informal.courage and fortitude; nerve; determination; stamina: Climbing that cliff takes a lot of guts.
- the inner working parts of a machine or device: The mechanic had the guts of the refrigerator laid out on the kitchen floor.
verb (used with object), gut·ted, gut·ting.
- basic or essential: to discuss the gut issues.
- based on instincts or emotions: a gut reaction; gut decisions.
- gustavus vi,
- guston, philip,
- gut check,
- gut course,
- gut it out,
- gut of canso,
- gut reaction
Origin of gut
Examples from the Web for gut
Since coffee can irritate the gut, she suggests opting for herbal tea instead.
Koenig has not been a sterile, objective narrator; she has openly voiced her biases, concerns, and gut feelings all along.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End|Emily Shire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now the gut was fueled not by Romanée-Conti and Château d'Yquem but by brandy--and a hell of a lot of it.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And while all he says he has spoken to still believe the interrogations saved lives, he said the report was a punch in the gut.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me|Kimberly Dozier|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But only once did a work of art really punch me in the gut—and it was as unsalable as they come.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art|Jay Michaelson|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In intestinal indigestion the gut is nearly always inflated with gas, which in its movement produces rumbling noises.
It didn't stop for hours, and such a soft sound, it burned into my gut and my tongue deeper than any animal wailing would.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
In some cases the gut was merely contused by lateral contact of the passing bullet.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900|George Henry Makins
There was over-many Paythans for our convaynience in the gut, an' begad they called thimselves a Reserve—bein' impident by nature!Soldiers Three|Rudyard Kipling
The food, which is made into a bolus, is moved down to the middle region of the gut, and there digestion takes place.The Origin of Vertebrates|Walter Holbrook Gaskell
- the lower part of the alimentary canal; intestine
- the entire alimentary canalRelated adjective: visceral
verb guts, gutting or gutted (tr)
Word Origin for gut
n acronym for
Old English guttas (plural) "bowels, entrails," related to geotan "to pour," from PIE *gheu- "pour" (see found (v.2)). Related to Middle Dutch gote, Dutch goot, German Gosse "gutter, drain," Middle English gote "channel, stream." Meaning "abdomen, belly" is from c.1400. Meaning "easy college course" is student slang from 1916, probably from obsolete slang sense of "feast" (the connecting notion is "something that one can eat up"). Sense of "inside contents of anything" (usually plural) is from 1570s. To hate (someone's) guts is first attested 1918. The notion of the intestines as a seat of emotions is ancient (cf. bowel) and probably explains expressions such as gut reaction (1963), gut feeling (by 1970), and cf. guts. Gut check attested by 1976.
"to remove the guts of" (fish, etc.), late 14c., from gut (n.); figurative use by 1680s. Related: Gutted; gutting.
In addition to the idiom beginning with gut
- gut it out
- bust a gut
- hate someone's guts
- have the guts