- A channel at the edge of a street or road for carrying off surface water.
- A trough fixed under or along the eaves for draining rainwater from a roof. Also called Also called regionally eaves trough . Also called rainspout . Also called spouting .
- A furrow or groove formed by running water.
- A trough or channel for carrying something off, such as that on either side of a bowling alley or that almost level with the water in some swimming pools.
- Printing The white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages, as of a book.
- A degraded and squalid class or state of human existence.
verbgut·tered, gut·ter·ing, gut·ters
- To form gutters or furrows in: Heavy rain guttered the hillside.
- To provide with gutters.
- To flow in channels or rivulets: Rainwater guttered along the curb.
- To melt away through the side of the hollow formed by a burning wick. Used of a candle.
- To burn low and unsteadily; flicker: The flame guttered in the lamp.
Vulgar, sordid, or unprincipled: gutter language; the gutter press.
Origin of gutter
Middle English goter, guter from
Old French gotier from gote drop from
Latin gutta Our Living Language
Certain household words have proved important as markers for major US dialect boundaries. The channels along the edge of a roof for carrying away rainwater (normally referred to in the plural) are variously known as eaves troughs
in parts of New England, the Great Lakes states, and the West; spouting
in eastern Pennsylvania and the Delmarva Peninsula; and gutters
from Virginia southward. Historically, along the Atlantic coast, the transition points have marked unusually clear boundaries for the three major dialect areas—Northern, Midland, and Southern—traditionally acknowledged by scholars of American dialects. Nowadays, however, Southern gutters
has become widely established as the standard US term. andiron
- A prepared channel in a surface, especially at the side of a road adjacent to a curb, intended for the drainage of water.
- A ditch along the side of a road.
- A duct or channel beneath the eaves of a building to carry rain water; eavestrough.
- The gutters must be cleared of leaves a few times a year.
- A groove down the sides of a bowling lane.
- A large groove (commonly behind animals) in a barn used for the collection and removal of animal excrement.
- Any narrow channel or groove, such as one formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing.
- A space between printed columns of text.
- (philately) An unprinted space between rows of stamps.
- (UK) A drainage channel.
- The part of a street meant for vehicles.
- The notional locus of things, acts, or events which are distasteful, ill bred or morally questionable.
- (figuratively) A low, vulgar state.
- Get your mind out of the gutter.
- What kind of gutter language is that? I ought to wash your mouth out with soap.
(comparative more gutter, superlative most gutter)
- Suitable for the gutter; vulgar, disreputable.
(third-person singular simple present gutters, present participle guttering, simple past and past participle guttered)
- To flow or stream; to form gutters. [from late 14th c.]
- (of a candle) To melt away or fail from becoming channeled on one side. [from early 18th c.]
- (of a small flame) To flicker as if about to be extinguished.
- To send (a bowling ball) into the gutter, not hitting any pins.
- To supply with a gutter or gutters.
- To cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel.
Anglo-Norman gotere, from Old French goutiere (French gouttière), ultimately from Latin gutta (“drop”)
- One who or that which guts.