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adjective Informal.
  1. lacking courage, fortitude, or determination.
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Origin of gutless

1600–10 for literal sense; gut + -less
Related formsgut·less·ness, noun
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  • Of all the gutless wonders I've ever heard of that pilgrim takes the prize.


    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • Rostoff snatched up the fallen gun, snarling, "I'm calling your bluff, you gutless rummy."

    Medal of Honor

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Or are all you Mentorians so gutless that you believe any half-baked folk tale the Lhari pass off on you?

    The Colors of Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for gutless


  1. informal lacking courage or determination
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Word Origin and History for gutless


"cowardly," 1900, from gut (n.) in the figurative "spirit" sense (see guts) + -less. Literal sense is from c.1600. Related: Gutlessly.

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