- 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
Synonyms for gut
Examples from the Web for guts
Contemporary Examples of guts
Neither Smith nor Marx can carry us far into the guts of globalized financial capitalism.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
Soon enough, I felt my own guts rebelling and stepped out into the crystalline Andean night.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
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
August 2, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of guts
You let me hear of anybody else, and I'll cut the guts out of him!K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I could hear the little motors in his guts humming with joy as he booked Alex.Arm of the Law
One or the other of them would have to be left on the pavement, emptied of his guts like a rabbit.L'Assommoir
I've got the guts, and I've got the money; and I don't sit still on it.The Skin Game (Fourth Series Plays)
I got my 'ead chipped like a egg; I've got pneumonia too, an' my guts is all out o' order.Soldiers Three, Part II.
n acronym for
- the lower part of the alimentary canal; intestine
- the entire alimentary canalRelated adjective: visceral
verb guts, gutting or gutted (tr)
Word Origin for gut
"spirit, courage," 1893, figurative plural of gut (n.). The idea of the bowels as the seat of the spirit goes back to at least mid-14c.
Old English guttas (plural) "bowels, entrails," related to geotan "to pour," from PIE *gheu- "pour" (see found (v.2)). Related to Middle Dutch gote, Dutch goot, German Gosse "gutter, drain," Middle English gote "channel, stream." Meaning "abdomen, belly" is from c.1400. Meaning "easy college course" is student slang from 1916, probably from obsolete slang sense of "feast" (the connecting notion is "something that one can eat up"). Sense of "inside contents of anything" (usually plural) is from 1570s. To hate (someone's) guts is first attested 1918. The notion of the intestines as a seat of emotions is ancient (cf. bowel) and probably explains expressions such as gut reaction (1963), gut feeling (by 1970), and cf. guts. Gut check attested by 1976.
"to remove the guts of" (fish, etc.), late 14c., from gut (n.); figurative use by 1680s. Related: Gutted; gutting.
In addition to the idiom beginning with gut
- gut it out
- bust a gut
- hate someone's guts
- have the guts