- 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
Related formsgut·like, adjectiveun·gut·ted, adjective
Examples from the Web for guts
Neither Smith nor Marx can carry us far into the guts of globalized financial capitalism.
Soon enough, I felt my own guts rebelling and stepped out into the crystalline Andean night.
In the end, it was not Leonard who had the guts to press and release—it was Evelyn Aron.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He loves Marilyn Monroe because she “had the guts of a lion.”
For a supposedly macho male, the two traits he likes best in women are a sense of humor and guts.
The cæcum is enlarged, and may even, while all the other guts are empty, contain hard solid fæces.The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Stand clear and order off your thugs or I'll squeeze you till your guts squirt out your nose like toothpaste from a tube.Master of the Moondog|Stanley Mullen
I will dry them next time with the guts in, and having stiffened their rinds in their proper dimensions, then try to cleanse them.Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.)|Robert Paltock
With something to live for at last, I can feel my guts turning to water—I can hear Charon's oars.Triplanetary|Edward Elmer Smith
But if you had run me through the guts, then I should be dead, and you might go kiss the hangman.She Stoops to Conquer|Oliver Goldsmith
British Dictionary definitions for guts (1 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for guts (2 of 2)
- the lower part of the alimentary canal; intestine
- the entire alimentary canalRelated adjective: visceral
verb guts, gutting or gutted (tr)
Derived Formsgutlike, adjective
Word Origin for gut
Medicine definitions for guts
Science definitions for guts (1 of 2)
Science definitions for guts (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with guts
In addition to the idiom beginning with gut
- gut it out
- bust a gut
- hate someone's guts
- have the guts