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

Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in New York, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for almost 2 years. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation, Claiming It Was Little More Than a Checkbook for the President: Report," 14 June 2018 Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in New York, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for almost 2 years. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump says Trump Foundation lawsuit is “ridiculous”," 14 June 2018 So imagine something that looks like a MacBook and works like a MacBook, but has the guts of an iPhone. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Apple’s Next Laptops Could Be More iPhone Than Mac," 14 June 2018 The Predator Helios 500 clearly has a lot going on in its guts, with pricing, thermals, and bulk to match. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a gaming laptop that's overclockable in all the right places," 25 May 2018 For many, the end of TPS represents making a gut-wrenching life-or-death decision. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Another separation crisis looms – this time for some 273,000 American children," 12 July 2018 Russian fans filled the pedestrian streets near Moscow’s Red Square, dancing, cheering and waving their national flag despite Russia's gut-wrenching penalty-shootout loss to Croatia. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Russia’s World Cup dream ends, on and off the field," 9 July 2018 Heck, losing nine of 11 postseason meetings against the Pittsburgh Penguins alone is filled to the brim with gut-wrenching letdowns. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Stanley Cup run makes up for Capitals' playoff failures," 7 June 2018 Indeed, whereas Washington romped to consecutive Presidents’ Trophies in ‘15-16 and ‘16-17, a roster gutted by salary cap constraints and another gut-wrenching playoff exit lowered expectations entering this season. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The Washington Capitals Busted Their Conference Finals Ghosts," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meanwhile, over that same time period, conservative detractors have proposed dozens of bills that would gut the act’s key provisions. Peter S. Alagona, Outside Online, "The Endangered Species Act Needs a Reboot," 9 July 2018 Twelve weeks to gut the building of all that was Macy’s and then in its place build bedrooms, install bathrooms and furnish a recreation room and cafeteria. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "The future of suburban homelessness? As malls empty, an old Macy’s becomes a homeless shelter.," 6 July 2018 The twin 120-seat theaters at the Art House are nestled in the back of a building on Commercial Street that houses the 1620 Brewhouse owned by Ben deRuyter, who wants to gut the theaters and expand his restaurant to include a micro-brewery. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "Series that brings Broadway stars to Provincetown may lose its home," 5 July 2018 Is third baseman Travis Shaw simply going to have to gut through an injury all year? Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers Podcast: Chatting with Jesus Aguilar and farm director Tom Flanagan, plus why are the Brewers so hesitant to use the 10-day DL?," 2 July 2018 And, as soon as Monday, the same official said, Mr. Pruitt is expected to publish another major change: his agency’s legal proposal to gut President Barack Obama’s rule to reduce climate-warming pollution from vehicle tailpipes. New York Times, "Scott Pruitt, Under Fire, Plans to Initiate a Big Environmental Rollback," 14 June 2018 On Tuesday afternoon, the House of Representatives did the banking industry a giant solid, passing a bill to gut key aspects of Dodd-Frank, the legislation put in place in the aftermath of the financial crash. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Banks Buy Off Democrats for the Price of a First-Year Citi Analyst," 23 May 2018 To gut out the a win in the NCAA Tournament with just three players in double-figures, which had been a common trait in Auburn's last three losses, was another resilient display by a team that's shown a number of them this season. James Crepea, AL.com, "What time, TV channel does Auburn play Clemson in second round of NCAA Tournament?," 16 Mar. 2018 Proposals by congressional Republicans to gut Medicaid would dramatically worsen the opioid epidemic by reducing the availability of addiction treatment, and by worsening poverty. Anchorage Daily News, "It’s too late to prevent the opioid epidemic, but progress is being made in addressing Anchorage crime," 14 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Fan favorite Becca Kufrin — who found herself at the center of one of the most gut-wrenching Bachelor breakups of all time — has a second chance at love. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Week in entertainment: "The Bachelorette" and "Arrested Development" return," 26 May 2018 Elizabeth has another confrontation in this episode that brings a similar sense of resolution, in similarly gut-wrenching fashion. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Americans spends its penultimate episode raising lots of very big questions," 24 May 2018 The gut microbiome, also known as gut flora, is the collective bacteria and microorganisms that live in the digestive system, Sarah Sloat writes for Inverse. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "A Surprising Way Dogs Are Similar to Humans," 23 Apr. 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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