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noun gut·ter \ˈgə-tər\

Simple Definition of gutter

  • : a long, hollow device that is attached to the edges of a roof to catch rain and carry it away from a building

  • : a low area at the side of a road that is used to catch water and carry it away from the road

  • : a long, narrow low section along the sides of a bowling lane

Full Definition of gutter

  1. 1 a :  a trough along the eaves to catch and carry off rainwater b :  a low area (as at the edge of a street) to carry off surface water (as to a sewer) c :  a trough or groove to catch and direct something <the gutters of a bowling alley>

  2. 2 :  a white space formed by the adjoining inside margins of two facing pages (as of a book)

  3. 3 :  the lowest or most vulgar level or condition of human life

Examples of gutter

  1. <one of his chores is to clean leaves and sticks out of the gutters before winter sets in>

  2. <rainwater running off the road into the gutters>



Origin of gutter

Middle English goter, from Anglo-French gutere, goter, from gute drop, from Latin gutta


First Known Use: 14th century

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verb gut·ter

Definition of gutter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut or wear gutters in

  3. 2 :  to provide with a gutter

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to flow in rivulets b of a candle :  to melt away through a channel out of the side of the cup hollowed out by the burning wick

  6. 2 :  to incline downward in a draft <the candle flame guttering>



14th Century

First Known Use of gutter

14th century


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adjective gut·ter

Simple Definition of gutter

  • : of the worst kind : offensive or immoral

Full Definition of gutter

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of the gutter; especially :  marked by extreme vulgarity, cheapness, or indecency <gutter politics>


Medical Dictionary

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noun gut·ter \ˈgət-ər\

Medical Definition of gutter

  1. :  a depressed furrow between body parts (as on the surface between a pair of adjacent ribs or in the dorsal wall of the body cavity on either side of the spinal column)






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