jazz played in the raucous and high-spirited style of barrelhouse.

Origin of gutbucket

First recorded in 1925–30; gut + bucket Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gut-bucket



a highly emotional style of jazz playing

Word Origin for gutbucket

C20: from US gutbucket a cheap gambling saloon where musicians could play for hand-outs
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Word Origin and History for gut-bucket

in reference to jazz, "earthy," by 1929, supposedly originally a reference to the buckets which caught the drippings, or gutterings, from barrels. Which would connect it to gutter (v.).

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