gut

1 of 4

noun

1
a
: bowels, entrails
usually used in plural
fish guts
b
: digestive tract
also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach
c
d
: catgut
2
guts plural : the inner essential parts
the guts of a car
3
guts plural : fortitude and stamina in coping with what alarms, repels, or discourages : courage, pluck
had the guts to run for public office
4
: 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 decision
a gut feeling
"Tony's a very driven guy, and he makes a lot of decisions based on gut instinct," …Tom Nides
5
: a narrow passage
also : a narrow waterway or small creek
6
: the sac of silk taken from a silkworm ready to spin its cocoon and drawn out into a thread for use as a snell
7

gut

2 of 4

adjective

1
: arising from one's inmost self : visceral
a gut reaction
2
: having strong impact or immediate relevance
gut issues

gut

3 of 4

verb

gutted; gutting

transitive verb

1
b
: to extract all the essential passages or portions from
2
a
: to destroy the inside of
fire gutted the building
b
: to destroy the essential power or effectiveness of
inflation gutting the economy

GUT

4 of 4

abbreviation

grand unified theory; grand unification theory
Phrases
gut it out

Examples of gut in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb The salmon is already gutted and filleted. Critics claim that these reforms will gut the law.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Some of these products contain a type of fiber called prebiotics and are thus advertised as good for gut health. Maggie O'Neill, Verywell Health, 15 Apr. 2024 Getting enough fiber during pregnancy is important to help support digestion and regular bowel movements and feed healthy gut bacteria. Alexandra Paetow Ms Rdn, Parents, 15 Apr. 2024 The drugs can throw the gut microbiome out of whack, prompting koalas to stop eating altogether, with sometimes fatal results. Emily Anthes Chang W. Lee, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2024 Provides Protective Prebiotics Prebiotics feed beneficial gut bacteria that aid digestive health, immunity, and mood. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health, 13 Apr. 2024 The acetic acid content in apple cider vinegar is said to promote gut health, curb hunger, and more. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2024 With nearly 7 grams of fiber per 3.5 ounce serving—that’s about 4 Medjool dates—they’re an excellent source of this all-important dietary component and are known to slow digestion, keep blood sugar levels from spiking, and keep gut health in check. Sina Petri, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2024 Another possibility is that both sugars and artificial sweeteners can disrupt the healthy balance of gut bacteria in the GI tract, which may lead to the development of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, says Prest. Perri Ormont Blumberg, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 The guy connected to those elite legs decided to trust his gut. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024
Adjective
So Van Tyne and her team looked to a source that’s teeming with gut bacteria: wastewater. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 Emerging evidence suggests that individuals with fibromyalgia may have alterations in their gut microbiota composition. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2023 California California drought official quits, blasting Newsom for ‘gut wrenching’ inaction July 28, 2022 Adán Ortega Jr., chair of the MWD board, said Gomberg has been asked to speak to the agency’s staff about his report. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2023 Some of this was simply a gut public-health reaction to the sudden spread of the virus. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2020 Still, Hollywood fancies itself as a town that operates on gut instinct rather than algorithms, for better or for worse. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2020 Priorities can then be set on a sounder basis than gut instinct, sentimental appeal or the political clout of the people hurt or helped. The Economist, 16 Nov. 2019 This career versatility is more gut instinct than game plan. Clover Hope, Glamour, 11 Sep. 2018 Prices are set by concert promoters or sports teams, based on a combination of gut instinct and past demand for similar events. Anne Steele, WSJ, 4 May 2018
Verb
The state’s Third Congressional District, parts of which had voted for Trump by a wide margin, was then represented by Tom MacArthur, a two-term Republican best known for a proposal to gut the Affordable Care Act. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2024 But the most significant recent attempt to gut the filibuster against legislation fell short in January 2022. Carl Hulse, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 This yellowish, nutrient-rich fluid is packed with antibodies, growth factors, and nutrients newborns need for everything ranging from immune health to gut health. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 13 Feb. 2024 The Miami Marlins on so many occasions last season found ways to gut out wins late in games. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 According to the Iditarod's statement on March 6, Seavey was penalized for failing to properly gut the moose after its death. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2024 In the end, gut GLP-1 could still be important—just not for appetite regulation. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2024 Race rules state that if a big game animal like a moose, caribou or buffalo is killed in defense of life or property, the musher must gut the animal and report it to race officials at the next checkpoint. CBS News, 5 Mar. 2024 The city enacted several new laws and regulations that essentially gut the annual event after last year's chaos, when two people were fatally shot, several were injured in stampedes, and police made 488 arrests (including 230 felony arrests) and seized 105 firearms. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English, from Old English guttas, plural; probably akin to Old English gēotan to pour

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gut was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gut. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gut

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: entrails, viscera
usually used in plural
b
: the alimentary canal or part of it (as the intestine or stomach)
2
plural : the inner essential parts
3
plural : courage

gut

2 of 2 verb
gutted; gutting
1
: to remove the entrails from
scale and gut a fish
2
: to destroy the inside of
fire gutted the building

Medical Definition

gut

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: 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 beltL. M. Uris
2
: catgut

gut

2 of 2 transitive verb
gutted; gutting
: to take out the bowels of : eviscerate

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