- 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.
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Idioms for gut
Origin of gut
OTHER WORDS FROM gutgut·like, adjectiveun·gut·ted, adjective
Definition for gut (2 of 2)
How to use gut in a sentence
Soft, jelly-like eggs survived a trip through a bird’s gizzard, which grinds food, and its gut.
She first supported us way back last winter when it took some guts to do so.Cher raises $2 million for Biden at LGBTQ virtual fundraiser|Chris Johnson|August 31, 2020|Washington Blade
That translates to a $240 billion gut-punch to states and cities.COVID-19 has another long-term side effect: A shrinking tax base|cleaf2013|August 31, 2020|Fortune
Steroid hormones like testosterone can boost confidence during times of stress, and they’re part of a system of “gut feelings” needed for speedy decisions.
In 2019, he was part of a team that found killifish eggs can survive a trip through a swan’s gut.
Neither Smith nor Marx can carry us far into the guts of globalized financial capitalism.
They were being carried out and the stench of their rotting flesh and bloated guts made it hard to examine them closely.
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.”The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum|Robert Ward|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We been trying to get a younger saw-bones for a long time, but nobody had the guts to tell him he was fired, I guess.
He said: "None of the rest of them had the guts even to bring me the message, eh?"Riders of the Silences|John Frederick
The saying went in Goldbanks that he "had the guts" and could whip his weight in wildcats.The Highgrader|William MacLeod Raine
The rich, metallic guts of a planet exposed for easy mining.The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
Fatigue tied tiny knots high in their guts so that their stomachs hung like stones.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
British Dictionary definitions for gut (1 of 2)
- the lower part of the alimentary canal; intestine
- the entire alimentary canalRelated adjective: visceral
verb guts, gutting or gutted (tr)
Derived forms of gutgutlike, adjective
Word Origin for gut
British Dictionary definitions for gut (2 of 2)
n acronym for
Medical definitions for gut
Scientific definitions for gut (1 of 2)
Scientific definitions for gut (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with gut
In addition to the idiom beginning with gut
- gut it out
- bust a gut
- hate someone's guts
- have the guts