\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a(1) : bowels, entrails usually used in plural fish guts
(2) : the basic visceral or emotional part of a person She knew in her gut that he was lying.
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 : a narrow passage also : a narrow waterway or small creek
4 : the sac of silk taken from a silkworm ready to spin its cocoon and drawn out into a thread for use as a snell
5 guts plural : fortitude and stamina in coping with what alarms, repels, or discourages : courage, pluck had the guts to run for public office


gutted; gutting

Definition of gut (Entry 2 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 3 of 4)

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

Definition of GUT (Entry 4 of 4)

grand unified theory; grand unification theory

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Examples of gut in a Sentence


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.


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

Would he be disgusted to see data and algorithms superseding human guts, dedication, and grit? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 Foods rich in probiotics can also help your gut and immune system stay healthier. Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What to Eat to Boost Your Immune System, According to a Registered Dietitian," 30 Jan. 2019 Moral foundations is the idea that people have stable, gut-level morals that influence their worldview. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Well done David Davis for having the principal and guts to resign. Author: William Booth, Karla Adam, Anchorage Daily News, "Theresa May's government in disarray after shock resignation by Brexit minister," 9 July 2018 This took guts and showed an admirable willingness to try to assimilate. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: Enjoy the fun being produced by the Cincinnati Reds lineup," 3 July 2018 In South Side blues joints in the 1940’s, the height of the exodus, migrants like Muddy Waters churned out gut-bucket blues from Mississippi, down-home folk music that grew worldlier in the big city. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Reading List for Reconsidering the Fourth of July in 2018," 3 July 2018 Drnaso has created a gut punch of a story that will likely make many year-end best-of lists. Mark Peters, Chicago Reader, "Nick Drnaso’s second graphic novel, Sabrina, examines the perils of living too long in your own head," 22 May 2018 Instead, the problem may be a microbial imbalance in the gut with an overgrowth of yeast. Korin Miller, SELF, "4 Signs You Might Be Allergic to Sugar," 24 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s socialist party boss, Diosdado Cabello, threatened to hold early legislative elections that could gut the congress, which is the only branch of government controlled by the opposition. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s dueling political movements each push elections," 6 Feb. 2019 In other words, there are plenty of people the administration can find to gut environmental regulations and promote the fossil-fuel industry — Pruitt’s hardly indispensable. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Et Tu, James? Pruitt’s Friend and Patron Inhofe Gives Him an Ultimatum," 13 June 2018 Indeed, all of the judges on the Federalist Society’s list were likely primed to overturn Roe, according to Senator Elizabeth Warren, and, more broadly, to gut health care. Lauren Duca, Teen Vogue, "The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Feels Inevitable. But We Can Actually Stop Him.," 31 Aug. 2018 While the study shows the potential advantages of consuming crickets as a protein source, researchers admit the results need to be replicated on a larger scale in order to determine what components of the insect might contribute to gut health. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Eating crickets helps with gut health, study finds," 9 Aug. 2018 The city’s Department of Human Service Programs hired local firm HMFH Architects to gut the interior and built out ten units large enough to house an adult and two children. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "1880s Victorian renovated into sustainable emergency shelter for families," 23 July 2018 Republicans have been trying to gut the bureau since it was established by the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. Daniela Altimari,, "Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? The Yale Grad Is Trump's Second Supreme Court Pick," 10 July 2018 Tim Leiweke, a former Kings and AEG executive, heads the Oak View Group, which plans to gut KeyArena — except its iconic roof — to build a bigger, grander version. Helene Elliott,, "Vegas' success has given Seattle's impending NHL franchise something to shoot for," 15 May 2018 The complaint also takes direct aim at EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, whom critics accuse of trying to gut his own department from within. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Brown slams “Outlaw Pruitt” as California sues EPA over clean-car rules," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In New York, there’s still interest, because gut renovation is already so costly. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All," 22 Dec. 2018 This career versatility is more gut instinct than game plan. Clover Hope, Glamour, "Lakeith Stanfield Is a New Kind of Leading Man," 11 Sep. 2018 That was just gut instinct, though; unlike me, Carreyrou actually began digging. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen," 15 July 2018 Smith's gut feeling and what Plan de Ville's growth in its early stages have proven is that in this new world of social clout, dropping a brand name that nobody else knows rather than a household one can instantly equate to style star power. Tyler Joe, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tales in Retail: Introducing Fashion's Chicest New E-Tailer," 13 Dec. 2016 The news was gut-wrenching, not just to the Los Angeles Angels, but for all of Major League Baseball. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Shohei Ohtani’s elbow injury not only a blow to the Angels, but all of baseball," 8 June 2018 That suggests their effects on the brain could, in part, be a result of their influence on gut flora). The Economist, "Non-antibiotic drugs promote antibiotic resistance," 19 Mar. 2018 Imagine now the gut feeling many Greeks must feel about the politics of this situation. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Think the U.S. is at odds? Consider Greece.," 26 June 2018 Rather, they are based on a combination of gut instinct and domestic political calculation. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump America Isn’t Going to the G7 to Make Friends (or Keep Them)," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of gut


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


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


1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gut

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

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

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English Language Learners Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



English Language Learners Definition of gut (Entry 2 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



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

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


\ 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
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


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.


\ 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
gutted; gutting

Medical Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take out the bowels of : eviscerate

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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