the act of making gutters.
material for making gutters.
the gutters of an individual building.
the melted wax or tallow of a candle.

Nearby words

  1. gutter,
  2. gutter ball,
  3. gutter fracture,
  4. gutter press,
  5. gutter wound,
  6. guttersnipe,
  7. guttiform,
  8. guttle,
  9. guttural,
  10. gutturalize

Origin of guttering

1400–50; late Middle English. See gutter, -ing1




a channel at the side or in the middle of a road or street, for leading off surface water.
a channel at the eaves or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rain water.
any channel, trough, or the like for carrying off fluid.
a furrow or channel made by running water.
Bowling. a sunken channel on each side of the alley from the line marking the limit of a fair delivery of the ball to the sunken area behind the pins.
the state or abode of those who live in degradation, squalor, etc.: the language of the gutter.
the white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages in a bound book, magazine, or newspaper.

verb (used without object)

to flow in streams.
(of a candle) to lose molten wax accumulated in a hollow space around the wick.
(of a lamp or candle flame) to burn low or to be blown so as to be nearly extinguished.
to form gutters, as water does.

verb (used with object)

to make gutters in; channel.
to furnish with a gutter or gutters: to gutter a new house.

Origin of gutter

1250–1300; Middle English gutter, goter < Anglo-French goutiere, equivalent to goutte drop (see gout) + -iere, feminine of -ier -er2

Related formsgut·ter·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guttering

British Dictionary definitions for guttering



the gutters, downpipes, etc, that make up the rainwater disposal system on the outside of a building
the materials used in this system



a channel along the eaves or on the roof of a building, used to collect and carry away rainwater
a channel running along the kerb or the centre of a road to collect and carry away rainwater
a trench running beside a canal lined with clay puddle
either of the two channels running parallel to a tenpin bowling lane
  1. the space between two pages in a forme
  2. the white space between the facing pages of an open book
  3. the space between two columns of type
the space left between stamps on a sheet in order to separate them
surfing a dangerous deep channel formed by currents and waves
Australian (in gold-mining) the channel of a former watercourse that is now a vein of gold
the gutter a poverty-stricken, degraded, or criminal environment


(tr) to make gutters in
(intr) to flow in a stream or rivulet
(intr) (of a candle) to melt away by the wax forming channels and running down in drops
(intr) (of a flame) to flicker and be about to go out
Derived Formsgutter-like, adjective

Word Origin for gutter

C13: from Anglo-French goutiere, from Old French goute a drop, from Latin gutta

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Word Origin and History for guttering
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Idioms and Phrases with guttering


see in the gutter.

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