- 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.
- basic or essential: to discuss the gut issues.
- based on instincts or emotions: a gut reaction; gut decisions.
Idioms about gut
Origin of gut
OTHER WORDS FROM gutgut·like, adjectiveun·gut·ted, adjective
Other definitions for gut (2 of 2)
How to use gut in a sentence
Scientists have fished plastic fibers and fragments from the guts of critters dwelling in ocean trenches around the Pacific Rim.Plastics are showing up in the world’s most remote places, including Mount Everest|Carolyn Wilke|November 20, 2020|Science News
The response we have seen from survivors has been gut wrenching.Boy Scouts must settle 95,000 abuse claims by next summer — or risk running out of cash|Samantha Schmidt|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
If a pathogen does manage to breach that barrier, the researchers say, the immune cells trained in the gut are ready to attack by producing a battalion of antibodies.Protecting the brain from infection may start with a gut reaction|Aayushi Pratap|November 11, 2020|Science News
How to clean a dishwasherHard water can do a number on your dishwasher—mineral residue can build up in the guts of the machine, and even clog them.The one ingredient you need to clean the dishwasher and four other gross household items|Sandra Gutierrez G.|November 5, 2020|Popular-Science
Amy understands at a gut level how difficult it can be to find the right services for a person with a disability, to find the best educational fit, to find a college program that will educate her bright yet childlike daughter.Editors’ Note: Why We Investigated the Treatment of People With Developmental Disabilities|by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Jill Jorden Spitz, Arizona Daily Star|November 5, 2020|ProPublica
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|Olivia Nuzzi|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Waldman|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Actor Cory Monteith's tragic death at age 31 is a gutting loss for countless reasons.
To meet their budget targets, European allies are gutting already eviscerated military budgets.
To his credit, Rinella seems to realize that gory accounts of gutting and killing animals may be of limited interest.
And as for your filthy green-weed soup, how should a Mulla-mulgar soil his thumbs with gutting fish?The Three Mulla-mulgars|Walter De La Mare
And all this bald chat about sacking towns and gutting convents?The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3|George Augustus Sala
As a matter of fact, the gutting must have destroyed everything, but I did not mean to take any risks.A Floating Home|Cyril Ionides
The gutting of this Hill cost the city the fortunes of several contractors, and it ruined the Hill forever.In the Footprints of the Padres|Charles Warren Stoddard
Then came the sense of the terrific blow caving in his ribs, gutting its way throughout his inside.Mountain|Clement Wood
British Dictionary definitions for gut (1 of 2)
- the lower part of the alimentary canal; intestine
- the entire alimentary canalRelated adjective: visceral
Derived forms of gutgutlike, adjective
Word Origin for gut
British Dictionary definitions for gut (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for gut
Scientific definitions for gut (1 of 2)
Scientific definitions for gut (2 of 2)
Other Idioms and Phrases with gut
In addition to the idiom beginning with gut
- gut it out
- bust a gut
- hate someone's guts
- have the guts