gut

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noun

1
a
: bowels, entrails
usually used in plural
fish guts
b
: digestive tract
also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach
c
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 decision
a 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
7

gut

2 of 4

adjective

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

gut

3 of 4

verb

gutted; gutting

transitive verb

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

GUT

4 of 4

abbreviation

grand unified theory; grand unification theory
Phrases
gut it out

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Mice treated with amoxicillin or clindamycin had lower beneficial bacteria counts and less diversity of gut bacteria. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024 But good gut health isn’t just important for our physical state; having a healthy gut can also benefit our overall outlook and mood. Lorena Meouchi, Vogue, 12 June 2024
Adjective
So Van Tyne and her team looked to a source that’s teeming with gut bacteria: wastewater. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 Emerging evidence suggests that individuals with fibromyalgia may have alterations in their gut microbiota composition. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2023
Verb
Last week, Kristin Cobbs of San Francisco filed a class action lawsuit against the company, which claims that Poppi actually isn’t particularly gut healthy at all. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 June 2024 Some 20 cases, with different legal strategies to gut Roe and Casey, were in litigation in lower courts. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for gut 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of gut was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gut. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

gut

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: entrails, viscera
usually used in plural
b
: the alimentary canal or part of it (as the intestine or stomach)
2
plural : the inner essential parts
3
plural : courage

gut

2 of 2 verb
gutted; gutting
1
: to remove the entrails from
scale and gut a fish
2
: to destroy the inside of
fire gutted the building

Medical Definition

gut

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: 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 beltL. M. Uris
2
: catgut

gut

2 of 2 transitive verb
gutted; gutting
: to take out the bowels of : eviscerate

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