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.
Recent Examples on the Web With his rich baritone voice, his talents leaned more toward performance, and when the opportunity arose to audition for a Disney film, Mr. Wright went after it with gusto. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 The warm weather has arrived with gusto across most parts of the country, which means cookout season is upon us. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 26 May 2021 As the starting point guard, Schroder was all over the court, scoring when it was needed — 24 points in all — and playing defense with gusto. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 That’s when the Owls faced a turning point and met it with gusto. Pat Stoetzer,, 25 May 2021 Funke recalled his capers with gusto, sometimes crossing his eyes like a concussed cartoon character or miming a heart beating outside his chest. Jeff Maysh, The New Yorker, 18 May 2021 Cheney didn’t greet him with particular gusto, but politeness. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 As with all things in business and entrepreneurship, successfully pivoting is a skill that needs to be learned through meticulous planning and research, as well as practiced with careful gusto. Roy Ferman, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Your job is to enforce rules that range from reasonable to foolish with equal gusto but with almost no authority or enforcement powers except for a DEFCON 1 property lien. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Gusto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gusto

: great enjoyment, energy, and enthusiasm

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