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gut

[ guht ]
/ gʌt /
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noun

verb (used with object), gut·ted, gut·ting.

adjective

Informal.
  1. basic or essential: to discuss the gut issues.
  2. based on instincts or emotions: a gut reaction; gut decisions.

RELATED WORDS

spunk, moxie, grit, audacity, willpower, heart, daring, spine, backbone, pluck, mettle, courage, forcefulness, fortitude, resolution, spirit, effrontery, hardihood, sand

Nearby words

gustavus vi, gusto, guston, guston, philip, gusty, gut, gut check, gut course, gut it out, gut of canso, gut reaction

Idioms

    spill one's guts, Slang. to tell all; lay oneself bare: the famous star spills his guts in his autobiography.

Origin of gut

before 1000; Middle English gut, guttes (plural), Old English guttas (plural), akin to gēotan to pour
SYNONYMS FOR gut
2b pluck.
Related formsgut·like, adjectiveun·gut·ted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for guts (1 of 2)

GUT

/ (ɡʌt) /

n acronym for

grand unified theory

British Dictionary definitions for guts (2 of 2)

gut

/ (ɡʌt) /

noun

verb guts, gutting or gutted (tr)

adjective

informal arising from or characterized by what is basic, essential, or naturala gut problem; a gut reaction
Derived Formsgutlike, adjective

Word Origin for gut

Old English gutt; related to gēotan to flow; see fusion
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Medicine definitions for guts

gut

[ gŭt ]

n.

The alimentary canal or a portion thereof, especially the intestine or stomach.
The embryonic digestive tube, consisting of the foregut, the midgut, and the hindgut.
guts The bowels; entrails; viscera.
A thin, tough cord made from the intestines of animals, usually sheep, used as suture material in surgery.
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Science definitions for guts (1 of 2)

gut

[ gŭt ]

The intestine of a vertebrate animal.
The alimentary canal of an invertebrate animal.
The tube in a vertebrate embryo that later develops into the alimentary canal, lungs, and liver.

Science definitions for guts (2 of 2)

GUT


Abbreviation of grand unified theory See unified field theory.
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Idioms and Phrases with guts

gut


In addition to the idiom beginning with gut

  • gut it out

also see:

  • bust a gut
  • hate someone's guts
  • have the guts
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