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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. the internal parts of the body; entrails or viscera.
  2. the internal mechanism, parts, structure, etc., of something; the interior of something: an engine's innards.

Origin of innards

1815–25; variant of inwards, noun use of inward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for innards

insides, guts, bowels, entrails, viscera, intestines, numbles

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British Dictionary definitions for innards


pl n informal
  1. the internal organs of the body, esp the viscera
  2. the interior parts or components of anything, esp the working parts

Word Origin for innards

C19: colloquial variant of inwards
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Word Origin and History for innards

1825, innerds, dialectal variant of inwards "the bowels" (c.1300); see inward.

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