- 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.
- gustavus vi,
- guston, philip,
- gut check,
- gut course,
- gut it out,
- gut of canso,
- gut reaction
Origin of gut
Examples from the Web for gutted
Jimbo and I walked up its ramp and into the hull, which looked like the gutted inside of a school bus.
Inside, the seats were gutted and replaced with benches flanking the walls.
Of course, the U.S. Supreme Court, which gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act last year, could uphold the laws in principle.
As Ayotte noted, ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych had “gutted the Ukrainian military.”Obama’s Nuclear Summit Aimed to Stop Terrorists. Now Putin’s the Issue.|Christopher Dickey, Jamie Dettmer, Nadette De Visser|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Union Jacks fluttered over the pawn shops and gutted houses.Welcome to Woolwich, Where English Terrorists Say Sorry While They Murder|Peter Pomerantsev|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The building, one of the newest and tallest in Delta, had been gutted by the flood.Hoofbeats on the Turnpike|Mildred A. Wirt
She felt an aching hollow as if she had been gutted like a butchered deer.Shaman|Robert Shea
He was unable to tear himself away from his gutted home but sat for hours under a tree hard by, pondering on his ill-fortune.Tales of Bengal|S. B. Banerjea
All but one wing of the ancient edifice to which the peasant took them was in ruins, gutted by fire.The Time Mirror|Clark South
He allowed the abbey to be gutted and plundered, not sparing even the sacred vessels.Owen Glyndwr and the Last Struggle for Welsh Independence|Arthur Granville Bradley
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
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