- 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.
Origin of gut
Synonyms for gut
Related Words for gutinnards, belly, ravage, decimate, ransack, eviscerate, loot, empty, interior, intimate, natural, basic, paunch, entrails, tummy, viscera, bowels, intestines, venter, duodenum
Examples from the Web for gut
Contemporary Examples of gut
Since coffee can irritate the gut, she suggests opting for herbal tea instead.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
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
December 11, 2014
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
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of gut
Skin two or three eels, or some flounders; gut and wash them very clean, cut them into small pieces, and put them into a saucepan.
Take out the meat as whole as possible, split the tail, and remove the gut; and if the inside be not watery, it may be added.
These gut windows have their convenience as well as their inconvenience.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
And the brightest sign yet for our future is the increasing demand for hooks and gut.Crocker's Hole
R. D. Blackmore
He covered a probang with the skin of a small eel, or the gut of a lamb or cat.Zoonomia, Vol. II
- 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