- 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
Related Words for guttedravage, decimate, ransack, eviscerate, loot, empty, draw, pillage, sack, disembowel, plunder, rifle, despoil, dress, dilapidate, exenterate
Examples from the Web for gutted
Contemporary Examples of gutted
Jimbo and I walked up its ramp and into the hull, which looked like the gutted inside of a school bus.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
“House Republicans have gutted a White House-sponsored bill,” wrote Raw Story.Progressive Bloggers Spread False Ebola Story
September 11, 2014
Inside, the seats were gutted and replaced with benches flanking the walls.On the Road With Kesey's (Drug-Free) Acid Test
August 27, 2014
Of course, the U.S. Supreme Court, which gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act last year, could uphold the laws in principle.Angry About Ferguson? Oppose Voter ID Laws
August 26, 2014
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
Historical Examples of gutted
I will be safe through the day, and besides, the beast has gutted this ship.
A lot of them weren't around, any more, and their plantations were gutted ruins.Oomphel in the Sky
Henry Beam Piper
In 1742 it was gutted by fire, and was not rebuilt for some time owing to lack of funds.Westminster
Sir Walter Besant
After that they gutted, and some say burned the old meeting.The Bibliotaph
Leon H. Vincent
She felt an aching hollow as if she had been gutted like a butchered deer.Shaman
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