gut

noun
\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : bowels, entrails usually used in plural fish guts
b : digestive tract also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach
c : belly, abdomen
d : catgut
2 guts plural : the inner essential parts the guts of a car
3 guts plural : fortitude and stamina in coping with what alarms, repels, or discourages : courage, pluck had the guts to run for public office
4 : the basic visceral, emotional, or instinctual part of a person She knew in her gut that he was lying. Consult more than one financial adviser before making a final choice, and trust your gut.— Quentin Fottrell My gut says this is, overall, a terrible idea.— Erica Buist often used before another noun making a gut decisiona gut feeling"Tony's a very driven guy, and he makes a lot of decisions based on gut instinct," …— Tom Nides
5 : a narrow passage also : a narrow waterway or small creek
6 : the sac of silk taken from a silkworm ready to spin its cocoon and drawn out into a thread for use as a snell

gut

adjective

Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : arising from one's inmost self : visceral a gut reaction
2 : having strong impact or immediate relevance gut issues

gut

verb
gutted; gutting

Definition of gut (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : eviscerate
b : to extract all the essential passages or portions from
2a : to destroy the inside of fire gutted the building
b : to destroy the essential power or effectiveness of inflation gutting the economy
gut it out

Definition of GUT (Entry 4 of 4)

grand unified theory; grand unification theory

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Examples of gut in a Sentence

Noun the guts of the fish the guts of a machine the guts of a business deal That decision took a lot of guts. I didn't have the guts to do it. Verb The salmon is already gutted and filleted. Critics claim that these reforms will gut the law.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun COME?:Detroit Tigers shrugged off gut-punch vs. AL's best. Detroit Free Press, 22 Sep. 2021 When the New York rap pioneer departed on July 16 at age 57, following complications from Type 2 diabetes, the gut punch hit hard and fast. Drew Fortune, Vulture, 20 Sep. 2021 The loss of Verrett, 30, is a gut punch given his ability and the state of the rest of the position group. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Sep. 2021 The Utes’ nine-game streak started with just such a gut-punch when Utah’s Brandon Burton blocked BYU kicker Mitch Payne’s 42-yard field goal attempt just as time expired. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 On the one hand, stories of people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic – and are now starting to lose government benefits and eviction protection – have become both commonplace and gut-wrenching. Bob O'donnell, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 That’s gut-wrenching to have to tell somebody that. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 21 Aug. 2021 For Hosseini, watching the situation unfold over the last week has been utterly gut wrenching. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 21 Aug. 2021 Of all the calls, this one was the most gut-wrenching. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In one of the studies, Nagler and coworkers collected gut bacteria from the feces of healthy and milk-allergic babies and put those collections of microbes into the digestive tracts of germ-free mice. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, 23 May 2020 Some of this was simply a gut public-health reaction to the sudden spread of the virus. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2020 But as their descriptions continue into more specific and graphic territory, that veneer quickly dissolves into unmistakable, gut-wrenching exploitation. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 4 Mar. 2019 The researchers hope to better understand how gut bacteria protect their insect hosts. Popular Science, 5 Feb. 2020 Still, Hollywood fancies itself as a town that operates on gut instinct rather than algorithms, for better or for worse. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2020 Priorities can then be set on a sounder basis than gut instinct, sentimental appeal or the political clout of the people hurt or helped. The Economist, 16 Nov. 2019 That Hood was the latest Moda Center target, however, was especially gut-wrenching. oregonlive, 7 Dec. 2019 South Alabama lost in one of the most gut-wrenching ways imaginable last Saturday, a missed 28-yard field goal that would have given the Jaguars the lead with 1:08 to play. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Zoe has spent more than two years conducting trials, which have included dietary assessments, standardized meals, testing glycemic responses and gut microbiome profiling on thousands of participants. Hannah Norman, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021 Other labs are analyzing the animals’ gut microbiome or tinkering with reprogrammed mole rat stem cells. Max G. Levy, Wired, 24 May 2021 By far the biggest cause of death was spent lead ammunition, which the birds consumed when scavenging carcasses or gut piles left by hunters. Jak Wonderly, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 May 2021 Affordable housing developers and advocates argued that pulling back the funds would jeopardize other HHH deals and gut confidence in L.A.'s funding commitments. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Turkey Tail, also used in TCM, fills your morning beverage or smoothies with antioxidants and prebiotics, essential for immunity and gut health. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Zoe has spent more than two years conducting trials, which have included dietary assessments, standardized meals, testing glycemic responses and gut microbiome profiling on thousands of participants. Hannah Norman, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021 Zoe has spent more than two years conducting trials, which have included dietary assessments, standardized meals, testing glycemic responses and gut microbiome profiling on thousands of participants. NBC News, 21 Aug. 2021 Picking the next hot spots partly comes down to gut feel. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of gut

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gut

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English, from Old English guttas, plural; probably akin to Old English gēotan to pour

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More Definitions for gut

gut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the internal organs of an animal
: the inside parts of something
: the most important parts of something

gut

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 3)

: relating to or based on emotions : not based on logic or reason
: affecting people's emotions

gut

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gut (Entry 3 of 3)

: to remove the internal organs from (a fish or an animal)
: to destroy the inside of (a structure)
: to destroy the power of (something) : to make (something) no longer effective

gut

noun
\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

Kids Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the inner parts of an animal a frog's guts
2 : a person's stomach : belly He flattened his back against the wall and pulled in his gut.— Lynne Rae Perkins, Nuts to You
3 : the digestive tract or a part of it (as the intestine)
4 : the inner parts the guts of the machine
5 : catgut
6 guts plural : courage

gut

verb
gutted; gutting

Kids Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to remove the inner organs from gut a fish
2 : to destroy the inside of Fire gutted the building.

gut

noun
\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

Medical Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : digestive tract also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach the mix of bacteria making up the flora of the gut — W. E. Leary
b : abdomen sense 1a, belly usually used in plural not often in formal use his huge gut hung far below his belt— L. M. Uris
2 : catgut

gut

transitive verb
gutted; gutting

Medical Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take out the bowels of : eviscerate

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