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Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : bowels, entrails usually used in pluralfish guts
b : digestive tract also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach
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 nounmaking a gut decisiona 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

Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 4)

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


gutted; gutting

Definition of gut (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

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 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 Interestingly, that same LDL cholesterol-lowering pectin helps bacteria naturally found in the gut produce compounds that protect colon cells from cancer. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "This easy apple crisp cake recipe uses shortcut ingredient: Boxed cake mix," 11 Sep. 2020 Touted as all natural and rich with probiotics, hard kombuchas are thought to be a gut-friendly alternative to more mainstream alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, and hard seltzer. Anthea Levi,, "What Is Hard Kombucha, and Is It Healthy? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 8 Sep. 2020 Expect New England to run the ball up the gut and see if the Dolphins can stop them. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde10: On Rosen release, Pats’ plans, hope/disappointment of camp - 10 Dolphins thoughts as opener looms," 7 Sep. 2020 One solution to the growing burden could be found by turning attention to kids' gut health. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Probiotics may help manage childhood obesity, study finds," 7 Sep. 2020 It was designed to swing as people walk across it, adding a gut-churning element of fear to the 1,600-foot-long bridge. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "This Record-breaking Glass Bridge in China Is for People Who Love Stomach-churning Heights," 4 Sep. 2020 Nguyen favors a gut-check on expectations for commerce in the Lower 9th Ward. John Simerman,, "The tropics. Re-opening of schools. Return of sports | Get the facts ➔ Subscribe now for 2.32/week," 29 Aug. 2020 If the behavior of Dicty or the much slower pancreatic cancer cells is universal, then these germ cells may use a similar tactic to get to the future gonads and avoid taking a wrong turn toward, say, the gut. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Cells Solve an English Hedge Maze with the Same Skills They Use to Traverse the Body," 28 Aug. 2020 Thanks to a light hand with the cheese, the pie is satisfying but not a gut-bomb. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Chicago’s best pizzas — 27 pies across all styles," 27 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In one of the studies, Nagler and coworkers collected gut bacteria from the feces of healthy and milk-allergic babies and put those collections of microbes into the digestive tracts of germ-free mice. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Gut Microbes May Be Key to Solving Food Allergies," 23 May 2020 Some of this was simply a gut public-health reaction to the sudden spread of the virus. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coronavirus tests global sense of who wins: ‘me’ or ‘us’," 15 Apr. 2020 But as their descriptions continue into more specific and graphic territory, that veneer quickly dissolves into unmistakable, gut-wrenching exploitation. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "'It Just Didn't Seem That Strange': Part 1 of 'Leaving Neverland' Sees Fairytale and Horror Combine Into Surreal Reality," 4 Mar. 2019 The researchers hope to better understand how gut bacteria protect their insect hosts. Popular Science, "A healthy wasp microbiome can fend off pesticides," 5 Feb. 2020 Still, Hollywood fancies itself as a town that operates on gut instinct rather than algorithms, for better or for worse. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Warner Bros. Signs Deal for AI-Driven Film Management System (Exclusive)," 8 Jan. 2020 Priorities can then be set on a sounder basis than gut instinct, sentimental appeal or the political clout of the people hurt or helped. The Economist, "Free exchange Cost-benefit analyses offend against the notion that life is priceless," 16 Nov. 2019 That Hood was the latest Moda Center target, however, was especially gut-wrenching. oregonlive, "Rodney Hood’s sacrifice and smile suffer setback: Portland Trail Blazers’ forward lost for season with Achilles injury," 7 Dec. 2019 South Alabama lost in one of the most gut-wrenching ways imaginable last Saturday, a missed 28-yard field goal that would have given the Jaguars the lead with 1:08 to play. Creg Stephenson |, al, "After another gut-wrenching loss, South Alabama still ‘chopping wood’," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The drink contains strains of beneficial bacteria that are said to promote gut health and support digestion. Anthea Levi,, "What Is Hard Kombucha, and Is It Healthy? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 8 Sep. 2020 Electric vehicles will gut autoworkers’ and mechanics’ unions by driving their members out of work. Mike Watson, National Review, "Joe Biden, Union Buster," 28 Aug. 2020 The first season of Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House was both terrifying and gut-wrenchingly emotional—a perfect combination to draw in viewers. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Haunting of Bly Manor," 24 Aug. 2020 The study authors believe these traveled from the lungs or gut to the bloodstream, showing the far-reaching effects of the infection. Mallory Moench,, "Why do some people get sick from COVID-19 and others don’t? Stanford study may unravel the mystery," 12 Aug. 2020 Groups representing cities, on the other hand, have said ending commuter taxes could gut the tax base for cities with larger numbers of commuters that already are financially reeling from other effects of the coronavirus crisis. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio lawmaker introduces bill that would repeal coronavirus commuter tax changes," 11 Aug. 2020 From alternate universes to serving justice as law enforcement to gut-wrenching heartbreak, Lance Reddick has played it all. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Lance Reddick picks the perfect Fringe, The Wire and Bosch episodes to binge," 31 July 2020 Vice President Mike Pence promised to find justice for George Floyd but refused radical calls to gut police departments across the United States. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Pence rejects gutting police budgets: 'We are going to fund better policing and policing resources'," 25 June 2020 Use yours to cut rope, punch through thin metal, gut an animal, split wood, and pry things open. James Lynch And Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Survival Knives to Get You Through Any Adventure or Disaster," 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of gut


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


1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for gut

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

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

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

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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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)

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



English Language Learners Definition of gut (Entry 3 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


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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.


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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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