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

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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, "Salmonfest time: Headliners Jason Mraz, Ani DiFranco and Wookiefoot kick off annual music festival in Ninilchik," 1 Aug. 2019 This gutbucket music brings out joy, which is something sorely lacking in our world. Joe Klopus, kansascity, "Jazz Town: Versatile Hot Sardines pack their shows with pure joy | The Kansas City Star," 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, "Season 1, Episode 7: ‘The King and I’," 27 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of gutbucket

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gutbucket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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