gut

noun
\ˈgət \

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

gut

verb
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

gut

adjective

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

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

Brutally honest, outspoken and fearless Goes with their gut, never favors appearance 'Cause who has time for vanity with opponents to extinguish? Halsey, Glamour, "Halsey Has a Poem With a Powerful Message for All Women: 'Be Inconvenient'," 11 Nov. 2018 If that's the case, one of these problems could be putting your gut in a rut. 1. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Bloated?," 29 Oct. 2018 The sound of his voice over the phone felt like a knife going through my guts. Fox News, "Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand's full victim impact statement to the court about her experience," 26 Sep. 2018 Still, our gut says the 4GB RAM/64GB eMMC option will be the least appealing of the choices. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Costco's Surface Go bundle offers a better low-end option than Microsoft does," 23 July 2018 Their guts start to fill with gas and their stomachs can start to fail. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Cobb sheriff’s office loses its beloved bloodhound named Hank," 3 May 2018 Near the museum, homeowners are gut renovating a number of brick Tudors and Victorians while keeping the character of the façades. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "To Discover an Up-and-Coming Neighborhood, Look for the Museum," 21 Nov. 2018 In a lot of ways, Kruk’s story points out one of the major obstacles facing transformative justice: un-learning gut reactions — like calling the police — when emotions and stakes run high. Kim Tran, Teen Vogue, "Transformative Justice, Explained," 15 Nov. 2018 Native Americans would kill the Buffalo and take out the heart and eat it—sort of internalized courage, the courage and the guts to just slay dragons. Glamour, "Viola Davis Deserves an Oscar for Her Bold Glamour Women of the Year Speech," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Although you may be tempted to gut-renovate your home right away, Suarez and Grant suggest finding ways to work with existing architectural elements. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "5 Restaurant Design Trends Making Their Way Into Your Home Now," 17 Aug. 2018 Humira—a drug used to treat diseases from rheumatoid arthritis to gut disorders—alone has more than $18 billion in global sales. Denise Roland, WSJ, "By Adding Patents, Drugmaker Keeps Cheaper Humira Copies Out of U.S.," 16 Oct. 2018 Naturally, the premiere was filled with shocking revelations (Jack and Rebecca's first date was a complete disaster!) and gut-wrenching twists (where is Toby's wedding ring?). Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Fans Have the Most Heartbreaking Theory About Jack's Brother Nicky," 26 Sep. 2018 Maybe seeing that their base is holding with Trump on this matter will encourage them to gut it out. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump creates kids crisis to leverage border wall, immigration limits," 18 June 2018 The Wildcats got off the mat to gut out another win. USA TODAY, "No. 21 Kentucky beats Vanderbilt 83-81 in overtime," 30 Jan. 2018 From decoding the different probiotic strains to taking a 360-degree approach to gut health, experts weigh in on how to deliver beneficial bacteria the right way. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Complete Guide to Probiotics, From Supplements to Kombucha," 16 Oct. 2018 The lawsuit by Texas challenging the law could gut the law's protection for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Erik Wasson, chicagotribune.com, "House GOP unveils budget to fast-track tax cuts, end Obamacare," 19 June 2018 Trump’s war against Obamacare intensified, and after a failed effort to gut the law in the spring, a summer vote in Congress began to look more likely to succeed. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Where Is Barack Obama?," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Luyendyk received his fair share of social media hate for dumping Becca Kufrin in perhaps the most gut-wrenching way — by allowing the cameras to film the action, then airing it on television. refinery29.com, "Of Course That Bachelor Scene Where Arie Dumped Becca Was Edited," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of gut

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gut

Noun

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

Verb

see gut entry 1

Adjective

see gut entry 1

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gut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

guts : the internal organs of an animal

: the inside parts of something

: the most important parts of something

gut

verb

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

gut

adjective

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

gut

noun
\ˈgət \

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

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 \

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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