\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : bowels, entrails usually used in plural fish guts
b : digestive tract also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach
c : belly, abdomen
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 decisiona 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



Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 4)

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


gutted; gutting

Definition of gut (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

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

Definition of GUT (Entry 4 of 4)

grand unified theory; grand unification theory

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a nutshell, the brain is connected to the gut through a two-way communication system called the vagus nerve. The Conversation, oregonlive, "This is actually why you’ve gained weight during the pandemic," 3 Apr. 2021 That's why the most important thing experts recommend is to listen to your gut. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "How to Avoid Phishing Emails and Scams," 16 Feb. 2021 On the surface, that’s a sledgehammer to the gut of the A’s, final proof that the organization is broken — financially, artistically, competitively. Scott Ostler,, "A’s loss of Marcus Semien may be final blow to reeling franchise," 26 Jan. 2021 The reality, the f--- off ring is a gut punch to the people that worked their ass off to elect her. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, "Profane engraving on Sinema's ring draws attention, anger from progressives," 19 Apr. 2021 The Beavers erupted for 11 runs in the seventh and eighth innings to record one of their more impressive comebacks in recent memory, delivering a 15-8 gut-punch to the Cal Bears in the opener of a three-game series at Goss Stadium. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Oregon State baseball uses late-inning comeback to beat Cal Bears, ending 4-game losing streak," 17 Apr. 2021 Looking at numbers yesterday felt like a gut punch. Julie Mazziotta,, "Michigan Is Again Becoming Overwhelmed with COVID Cases: ‘It Is Absolutely Alarming’," 1 Apr. 2021 Like watching a gut-punch 3-pointer to extend a game that was seemingly won. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Fitting Hinkle send-off: UCLA survives buzzer beater and OT to dispatch Alabama," 29 Mar. 2021 The Bruins suffered a gut-punch after a buzzer-beating three-pointer forced overtime vs. Alabama on Sunday. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Four takeaways from the Sweet 16 that matter most for the Elite Eight of men's NCAA Tournament," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In one of the studies, Nagler and coworkers collected gut bacteria from the feces of healthy and milk-allergic babies and put those collections of microbes into the digestive tracts of germ-free mice. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Gut Microbes May Be Key to Solving Food Allergies," 23 May 2020 Some of this was simply a gut public-health reaction to the sudden spread of the virus. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coronavirus tests global sense of who wins: ‘me’ or ‘us’," 15 Apr. 2020 But as their descriptions continue into more specific and graphic territory, that veneer quickly dissolves into unmistakable, gut-wrenching exploitation. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "'It Just Didn't Seem That Strange': Part 1 of 'Leaving Neverland' Sees Fairytale and Horror Combine Into Surreal Reality," 4 Mar. 2019 The researchers hope to better understand how gut bacteria protect their insect hosts. Popular Science, "A healthy wasp microbiome can fend off pesticides," 5 Feb. 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, "Warner Bros. Signs Deal for AI-Driven Film Management System (Exclusive)," 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, "Free exchange Cost-benefit analyses offend against the notion that life is priceless," 16 Nov. 2019 That Hood was the latest Moda Center target, however, was especially gut-wrenching. oregonlive, "Rodney Hood’s sacrifice and smile suffer setback: Portland Trail Blazers’ forward lost for season with Achilles injury," 7 Dec. 2019 South Alabama lost in one of the most gut-wrenching ways imaginable last Saturday, a missed 28-yard field goal that would have given the Jaguars the lead with 1:08 to play. Creg Stephenson |, al, "After another gut-wrenching loss, South Alabama still ‘chopping wood’," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The video won't be so clear and gut-wrenching, even though the harm being perpetrated might be just as devastating next time. Richard Galant, CNN, "Charles Dickens wakes up in 2021," 25 Apr. 2021 That way, every candidate has the same opportunity to shine, and your comparisons between candidates will be based on objective criteria rather than gut feeling. Yec, Forbes, "How To Hire In A Zoom World, Part Two: Building A Comprehensive And Consistent Video-Screening Strategy," 21 Apr. 2021 Even new construction and gut rehabs need an inspection., "47 tips for buying, selling, staging, and moving this spring," 11 Apr. 2021 Industry executives warned that the stringent event restrictions in Virginia and D.C. could gut the local economy by hamstringing an industry that brings billions of dollars in tax revenue each year to D.C. alone. Washington Post, "No weddings, no galas: Event planners feel overlooked as covid restrictions are lifted for others," 20 Mar. 2021 In My Belly’ to teach children about the microbiome and gut health. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, "Even Raises $1.5 Million To Launch Solution To Replenish Nutrients And Manage Side Effects Resulting From Medication Use," 21 Apr. 2021 That would thoroughly gut Manchin’s amendment, turning enforcement into a shell game that state tax-cutters would always win. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, "The Republican Legal Assault on Biden’s Covid Relief Plan Could Be Devastating for Democrats," 29 Mar. 2021 Brockhouse and candidate Denise Gutierrez-Homer both blasted Proposition B, a ballot measure intended to gut the police union. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio mayoral candidates debate police reform, pandemic response," 9 Apr. 2021 Florida state lawmakers remain set on trying to gut a beloved higher education scholarship despite making some initial concessions and facing significant backlash from students and parents. NBC News, "Florida lawmakers continue to propose changes to scholarship amid student and parent backlash," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of gut


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


1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for gut

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

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

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5 May 2021

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“Gut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the internal organs of an animal
informal : the inside parts of something
informal : the most important parts of something



English Language Learners Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 3)

: relating to or based on emotions : not based on logic or reason
: affecting people's emotions



English Language Learners Definition of gut (Entry 3 of 3)

: to remove the internal organs from (a fish or an animal)
: to destroy the inside of (a structure)
: to destroy the power of (something) : to make (something) no longer effective


\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

Kids Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the inner parts of an animal a frog's guts
2 : a person's stomach : belly
3 : the digestive tract or a part of it (as the intestine)
4 : the inner parts the guts of the machine
5 : catgut
6 guts plural : courage


gutted; gutting

Kids Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to remove the inner organs from gut a fish
2 : to destroy the inside of Fire gutted the building.


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Medical Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 belt— L. M. Uris
2 : catgut
gutted; gutting

Medical Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take out the bowels of : eviscerate

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