gut·​less | \ˈgət-ləs \

Definition of gutless 

1 : lacking courage : cowardly

2 : lacking significance or vitality

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gutlessness noun

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a gutless attack on a writer who is now deceased and unable to defend herself

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Now, after another preventable national tragedy, too many Republicans are similarly mealy-mouthed, too gutless to even name the problems facing America (white supremacy, guns), let alone try to solve them. Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan, "Republican Lawmakers Are Human Shrug Emojis," 27 Feb. 2018 Basic message: Wagner, savior of children; Wolf, gutless trash. John Baer,, "Wagner and Wolf reach back to push forward | John Baer," 27 Feb. 2018 Why would anyone devote her life to a brainless, spineless, gutless group of parasites? Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "Tapeworms are brainless, spineless, gutless parasites — and this scientist loves them," 2 Jan. 2018 But, unlike many of the mindless, gutless science-y blockbusters that dominate the studio system, these sci-fi flicks will lodge in your brain. Jason Silverman, WIRED, "Best Shoestring Sci-Fi of 2006," 28 Dec. 2006 The former makes the car feel utterly gutless, the latter has the petrol engine revving too hard and often. Alun Taylor, Ars Technica, "Review: The Toyota C-HR Hybrid is a mass-market vehicle with panache," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of gutless

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gutless

: lacking courage

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