gus·​to | \ ˈgə-(ˌ)stō How to pronounce gusto (audio) \
plural gustoes

Definition of gusto

1a : an individual or special taste different gustoes
b : enthusiastic and vigorous enjoyment or appreciation described the adventure with great gusto
c : vitality marked by an abundance of vigor and enthusiasm could not match the gusto of their competitors
2 archaic : artistic style

Examples of gusto in a Sentence

I don't have the gusto to go on a strenuous hike right now.
Recent Examples on the Web Its baton-wielding hero, played with gusto by Rex Harrison, sported a vocational glee that would be anathema to Lydia. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2022 People have embraced them with gusto, lighting more spaces for longer into the night than before. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2022 Later, in another imaginary scene, the titular twins sit smiling side by side at a book signing, each autographing copies of their respective novels, flourishing their pens with gusto. Laura Zornosa, Time, 20 Sep. 2022 Kneading, pureeing, and chopping, this food processor does it all with gusto. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 19 Sep. 2022 Moving props, slamming doors, Helsinger’s performers land their laughs with gusto. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 But Mayfield also hit his stride in the second half, rushing for the 7-yard TD and whipping the ball against the end zone wall with gusto. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2022 During the war, a State Department official named Breckinridge Long enforced those restrictions with gusto. CBS News, 4 Sep. 2022 As all of them, Kevin Kelly dives in with gusto — remarkably using only a pair of glasses, funny voices and a rubbery face to indicate who’s who. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gusto

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gusto

Italian, from Latin gustus, past participle

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5 Oct 2022

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“Gusto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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