\ 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

Your observations of a new road, a higher fence, a longer commute might hit your gut, but are most likely fleeting. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Development devours U.S. natural landscape at rate of 2 football fields per minute, study finds," 6 Aug. 2019 Some relationships are short lived, but some are for life—like the mutually beneficial partnership between a person and the trillions of bacteria in their gut. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Poop transplants can help prematurely old mice live longer," 29 July 2019 Grow a backbone, trust your gut, and know when to strike back. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Celeb Feuds that Will Never, Ever Go Away," 6 Mar. 2019 Trust your gut and don’t be petty—because no one wants a reputation as the office's Azealia Banks. Nick Levine, GQ, "How to Be Gay at Work," 14 June 2018 Joe Maddon’s crew — and its fans — are condemned to a long, suspenseful slog where every game gnaws at the gut. Phil Rosenthal,, "3 Cubs TV takeaways from Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Cardinals, including Len Kasper’s ‘Bachelorette’ allusion," 31 July 2019 Behind America's late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Fox News, "Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dead at 95," 23 July 2019 There were repeated attacks on a mosque in Twin Falls, Idaho, where in 2017 a cross draped in pig guts, feet and a tongue was left outside the mosque. USA Today, "These copycat bills on Sharia law and terrorism have no effect. So why do states keep passing them?," 18 July 2019 As a linebacker and fullback, Moye-Moore filled positions especially known for guts and sacrifice. Stephen Ruiz,, "After playing for Orlando Predators, Marlon Moye-Moore searched for new team. He found one in firefighting," 17 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

President Trump’s attempt to gut our nation’s Clean Power Plan is foolish. Michael Cabanatuan,, "California files 55th lawsuit against Trump over repeal of clean-energy plan," 13 Aug. 2019 Some also argued that the Republicans’ real intent was to gut domestic-spending programs and make life difficult for the Obama Administration. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump and the G.O.P. Confirm Their Fiscal Conservatism Was a Sham," 26 July 2019 The Kenney administration used some of the 911 money to gut the police emergency call center and install new equipment. Claudia Vargas,, "What happened to Philly's $40 million 911 surplus?," 26 June 2018 This is a promise to gut interior enforcement that, coupled with the latitudinarian attitude at the border, would do much to render our immigration laws pointless. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 The agreement is another sign that Illinois, like many other states, isn’t abandoning a shift to cleaner sources of energy, despite President Donald Trump’s move last week to gut national climate pollution standards put in place by Barack Obama. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Legal recreational marijuana coming, an exotic cat attack and other things to know to start your day," 26 June 2019 In the latest move, the EPA issued its new plan to gut a key Obama-era climate policy involving power plants. David Lauter,, "Even as its kickoff, Trump's reelection campaign aims to win without a majority," 20 June 2019 Last month, the Trump administration announced plans to gut protections for trans people in homeless shelters, legislation that could go into effect as early as September. Serena Sonoma, Vox, "Black trans women want the media to show them living, not just dying," 18 June 2019 But underneath that pride and joy, there was something dark and gut wrenching. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Settlement is good; Michigan State must now fire Engler, get new Board," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Paired with toy cowgirl Jessie's painful backstory about getting abandoned, this ballad is totally gut-wrenching. 21. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Ranked: The 25 best classic Disney songs, from 'Mary Poppins' to 'The Lion King'," 16 July 2019 A week after one of the most gut-wrenching defeats of her career, Sinclair stepped on the field for a training session with the Portland Thorns. Jamie Goldberg,, "Players begin to return to Portland Thorns from 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup," 4 July 2019 Last Sunday's episode of Game Of Thrones was full of controversial and gut-wrenching scenes that elicited some pretty strong responses from viewers. Glamour, "This Is What Jaime Said Off-Screen That Made Brienne Cry on Game of Thrones," 9 May 2019 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

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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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