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

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Examples of gusto in a Sentence

I don't have the gusto to go on a strenuous hike right now.

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The dancers counted, with gusto, to four in their best Romanian. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Balkan dance requires fancy footwork — and the ability to count to 4 in several languages," 8 Oct. 2018 When the exquisite little dishes arrived, Piper met them with no apparent gusto, almost absent-mindedly. Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York Times, "Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It?," 27 June 2018 Speaking to Refinery29 over the phone, the Westworld actress and RoC Campaign Ambassador delves into topics with gusto, unpacking even the slightest detail. Rebecca Farley,, "Thandie Newton On Westworld's Nudity & The Story Behind Her Hair In Solo," 8 May 2018 Guitarist Betsy Wright plays with gusto, the chords raining down accompanied by karate kicks, while drummer Laura King barreled through, a second voice accenting every dynamic shift. Greg Kot,, "SXSW and the rush of the new: Shame, Bat Fangs, Sudan Archives," 15 Mar. 2018 In Jordan Peele’s new film, Us, Lupita Nyong’o tackles her first horror role with gusto, delivering more than a few scares. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lupita Nyong'o Takes Experimental Red Carpet Makeup to the Next Level at the Us Premiere," 15 Mar. 2019 Neither the base model 193-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder nor the pricier 308-hp 3.6-liter V-6 propel the car with much gusto. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 The family home in Raleigh was once presided over with gusto by Sharon, the Sedaris matriarch. Alan Cumming, New York Times, "David Sedaris Has a New Essay Collection. It Changed Alan Cumming’s Whole Worldview.," 25 May 2018 Wright is a storyteller who sings with the gusto of a freedom fighter. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Total Experience Gospel Choir’s last days: Pat Wright built legacy with gusto of a freedom fighter," 1 Oct. 2018

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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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The first known use of gusto was in 1620

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English Language Learners Definition of gusto

: great enjoyment, energy, and enthusiasm

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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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