gut·​buck·​et | \ ˈgət-ˌbə-kət How to pronounce gutbucket (audio) \

Definition of gutbucket

2 : a homemade bass fiddle consisting of a stick attached to an inverted washtub and having a single string

Examples of gutbucket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back for the third time, five-man rock and blues band the California Honeydrops has roots in the Sunny State and perform on stringed instruments, gutbucket bass, jug and washboard. Author: Lauren Ellenbecker, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2019 This gutbucket music brings out joy, which is something sorely lacking in our world. Joe Klopus, kansascity, 4 Mar. 2018 Richie convinces Elvis to join him in pursuit of real rock ’n’ roll, opening up a tantalizing vision of an alternate reality where the later Elvis catalog was full of gutbucket rock ’n’ roll. Gavin Edwards, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gutbucket.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of gutbucket

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About gutbucket

Time Traveler for gutbucket

Time Traveler

The first known use of gutbucket was in 1929

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near gutbucket



gut check

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for gutbucket

Cite this Entry

“Gutbucket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!