gut·​less ˈgət-ləs How to pronounce gutless (audio)
: lacking courage : cowardly
: lacking significance or vitality
gutlessness noun

Examples of gutless in a Sentence

a gutless attack on a writer who is now deceased and unable to defend herself
Recent Examples on the Web The Defendant’s gutless decisions deprived the family of a proper burial. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 8 Mar. 2024 Of course, the real blame for all this goes to the gutless lickspittles in the U.S. Senate, who, in an impeachment proceeding just weeks after the insurrection, could have restored the nation’s dignity and voted to bar Trump from ever running again. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Too bad the judges who make that call won’t be able to send these gutless folks home with them. Kyle Whitmire |, al, 21 July 2023 When the great test of his life arrived, the warrior-aesthete proved gutless. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 Just gutless people trying to continue to victimize Gloria’s siblings and children. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 3 May 2023 Still, that’s not always possible, and so the gutless method is worth learning for a few reasons. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 20 Nov. 2020 The incident leaves his beleaguered son disappointed in his gutless father and Hutch ashamed of himself — a pitiless shame deepened by ridicule from judgmental cops, his leather-jacket toting, ‘72 Challenger-owning neighbor, and gun-flaunting brother-in-law (Billy MacLellan). Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 The gutless administrators and butt-kissing Boards will retire and otherwise move on, never accepting responsibility for their failures. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gutless was in 1900

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“Gutless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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