- 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 guttingravage, decimate, ransack, eviscerate, loot, empty, draw, pillage, sack, disembowel, plunder, rifle, despoil, dress, dilapidate, exenterate
Examples from the Web for gutting
Contemporary Examples of gutting
In the elevator, employees quietly chattered about the gutting of their paper.Inside the Purge at The Newark Star Ledger, The Paper That Makes Chris Christie Squirm
April 4, 2014
In June of last year, the most partisan court in the country, the Supreme Court, weighed in, gutting the Voting Rights Act.A Bipartisan Path to Fixing America’s Broken Elections
January 24, 2014
Actor Cory Monteith's tragic death at age 31 is a gutting loss for countless reasons.Can ‘Glee’ Survive Without Cory Monteith?
July 15, 2013
To meet their budget targets, European allies are gutting already eviscerated military budgets.America's European Allies Drop the Ball
May 2, 2013
To his credit, Rinella seems to realize that gory accounts of gutting and killing animals may be of limited interest.Hunting, Climate Change and the Future of Food
October 8, 2012
Historical Examples of gutting
He approached a woman who was gutting fish, and asked her to prepare one for him.The Romance of Names
Gutting a long straw, I extended the point towards the tail, and then traced a line across the leg to the belly.My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave
Henry M. Stanley
The great fire at the docks, after gutting several warehouses, was finally subdued.Life in the Red Brigade
All the processes of gutting, curing, and kippering go on in grand style.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
Then came the sense of the terrific blow caving in his ribs, gutting its way throughout his inside.Mountain
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