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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.
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Origin of innards

1815–25; variant of inwards, noun use of inward
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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
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Word Origin

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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