\ 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 : 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 : 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
6 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

In October last year, Novartis paid $3.9 billion for Advanced Accelerator Applications, which makes a radiopharmaceutical for a rare form of gut and pancreas cancer. Denise Roland, WSJ, "Novartis CEO Bets on Cutting-Edge Science to Remake Drug Giant," 19 Nov. 2018 Those would be Enterococci bacteria, which are usually harmless occupants of the human gut but can become opportunistic pathogens that lurk in hospitals and pounce on vulnerable patients. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hospital superbugs are evolving to survive hand sanitizers," 5 Aug. 2018 The toxin binds to and kills cells lining the blood vessels of the gut and kidney. Marie Mccullough,, "Source of tainted lettuce still mystery as Pa. leads biggest E. coli outbreak since 2006," 27 Apr. 2018 Trump has made no secret of his unwavering belief in the rightness of his gut. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The Ronny Jackson debacle is entirely and completely predictable," 24 Apr. 2018 Eating foods with beta-glucan has also been linked to improved immunity and gut health. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Oat Milk Healthy? Here's What You Need to Know, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Apr. 2019 This card has enough guts to hit the minimum requirements for Madden 19, but do yourself a favor and limit your frame rates to console level 30fps for a more enjoyable experience. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Get great graphics cards for cheap in Newegg's GPU sales blitz," 3 Aug. 2018 Following the 2014 fire, the school commissioned a $52 million gut renovation that included a detailed restoration of the building’s famed Art Nouveau library. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Glasgow School of Art will be rebuilt after devastating fire," 12 July 2018 That’s what’s genius about the whole show: Cannon’s message, through a pleasing medium, hits you squarely in the gut. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "A New Exhibit Showcases the Groundbreaking Work of Late Indigenous Artist T. C. Cannon," 5 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But that would gut GE Capital’s revenues, a major risk if the lending division discloses more losses from its long-term insurance portfolio. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "What GE Needs to Do to Avoid Junk Territory," 9 Jan. 2019 Much of the work of campaigns and elections used to be hunches and gut instincts. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Putin or the Democrats? For some today it's not so easy," 19 July 2018 The change was quickly denounced by environmental activists who see the move as part of the administration's aggressive deregulatory agenda to gut public health protections and help its petroleum, manufacturing and chemical allies. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Remade under Scott Pruitt, EPA's Science Advisory Board includes more industry-friendly voices," 1 June 2018 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended a new budget proposal on March 26 that would include drastic cuts to special education and would gut the federal funding for the Special Olympics, according to The Washington Post. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Betsy DeVos Defended a Budget That Guts Federal Funding for the Special Olympics," 27 Mar. 2019 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

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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