adjective, guts·i·er, guts·i·est. Informal.

having a great deal of courage or nerve: a gutsy lampooner of the administration.
robust, vigorous, or earthy; lusty: gutsy writing; a gutsy red wine.

Origin of gutsy

1890–95; guts (in the sense “fortitude”) + -y1; cf. -sy
Related formsguts·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of gutsy

Historical Examples of gutsy

  • Sid and Martin made this charming little domestic scene so natural yet gutsy too that I wanted to shout hooray.

    No Great Magic

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • In fact, it was just the sort of brave thing that the gutsy little kid might have had the balls to report on.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for gutsy


adjective gutsier or gutsiest slang

gluttonous; greedy
full of courage, determination, or boldness
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Word Origin and History for gutsy

"tough, plucky," 1936, from guts + -y (2). Earlier it meant "greedy" (1803).

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