- Gut is defined as the intestines or belly, or the cord made from animal intestines.
- An example of gut is when someone gets punched in the stomach; they are punched in the gut.
- An example of gut is the material from which violin and cello strings are made.
- The definition of gut is courage or strength.
An example of gut is an abused woman fighting back against her abuser; the woman has guts.
- Gut means to remove the internal parts of someone or something.
- An example of gut is slicing a fish's belly open and removing the intestines.
- An example of gut is to destroy the interior of a building.
A man measures his gut.
- : now often regarded as an indelicate usage
- the bowels; entrails
- the stomach or belly
- all or part of the alimentary canal, esp. the intestine
- tough cord made from animal intestines, used for violin strings, surgical sutures, etc.; catgut
- the little bag of silk removed from a silkworm before it has spun its cocoon: made into strong cord for use in fishing tackle
- a narrow passage or gully, as of a stream or path
- Informal the basic, inner or deeper parts
- daring, courage, perseverance, vigor, etc.
- impudence; effrontery
- power or force
Origin of gutMiddle English ; from Old English guttas, plural ; from base of geotan, to pour: for Indo-European base see gust
transitive verbgutted, gutting
- to remove the intestines from; eviscerate
- to destroy the interior of, as by fire
- urgent and basic or fundamental: the gut issues of a campaign
- easy; simple: a gut course in college
hate someone's gutsSlang
- a. The digestive tract or a portion thereof, especially the intestine or stomach.b. The embryonic digestive tube, consisting of the foregut, the midgut, and the hindgut.c. guts The bowels or entrails; viscera.
- Slang a. Innermost emotional or visceral response: She felt in her gut that he was guilty.b. guts The inner or essential parts: “The best part of a good car &ellipsis; is its guts” (Leigh Allison Wilson).
- guts Slang Courage; fortitude: It takes guts to be a rock climber.
- Slang A gut course.
- a. Thin, tough cord made from the intestines of animals, usually sheep, used as strings for musical instruments or as surgical sutures.b. Fibrous material taken from the silk gland of a silkworm before it spins a cocoon, used for fishing tackle.
- A narrow passage or channel.
- Sports a. The central, lengthwise portion of a playing area.b. The players occupying this space: The fullback ran up the gut of the defense.
transitive verbgut·ted, gut·ting, guts
- To remove the intestines or entrails of; eviscerate.
- To extract essential or major parts of: gut a manuscript.
- To destroy the interior of: Fire gutted the house.
- To reduce or destroy the effectiveness of: A stipulation added at the last minute gutted the ordinance.
Origin of gutFrom Middle English guttes, entrails, from Old English guttas; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
- The alimentary canal, especially the intestine.
- (informal) The abdomen of a person, especially one that is enlarged
- beer gut
- (uncountable) The intestines of an animal used to make strings of a tennis racket or violin, etc.
- A person's emotional, visceral self.
- I have a funny feeling in my gut.
- (in the plural) The essential, core parts.
- He knew all about the guts of the business, how things actually get done.
- (in the plural) Ability and will to face up to adversity or unpleasantness.
- It took a lot of guts to admit to using banned substances on television.
- (informal) A gut course
- You should take Intro Astronomy: it's a gut.
- A narrow passage of water.
- the Gut of Canso
- The sac of silk taken from a silkworm when ready to spin its cocoon, for the purpose of drawing it out into a thread. When dry, it is exceedingly strong, and is used as the snood of a fishing line.
(third-person singular simple present guts, present participle gutting, simple past and past participle gutted)
(comparative more gut, superlative most gut)