\ 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 : a narrow passage also : a narrow waterway or small creek
4 : the sac of silk taken from a silkworm ready to spin its cocoon and drawn out into a thread for use as a snell
5 : 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
6 guts plural : fortitude and stamina in coping with what alarms, repels, or discourages : courage, pluck had the guts to run for public office


gutted; gutting

Definition of gut (Entry 2 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 3 of 4)

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

Definition of GUT (Entry 4 of 4)

grand unified theory; grand unification theory

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Examples of gut in a Sentence


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.


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

That period of her life is waning as Dyer learns to trust her gut. Ariana Romero,, "Stranger Things Star Natalia Dyer On The Upside-Down Of Fame," 4 July 2019 Those who are obese tend to have lower levels of Akkermansia muciniphila in their gut, and dieting to improve insulin resistance tends to work better in people who have more of the bacteria, according to a 2016 study. Arman Azad, CNN, "This bacteria may help people with obesity live healthier lives, study says," 3 July 2019 That’s because pufferfish can lock seawater inside their guts in order to keep their shape if squeezed or bitten, while the gill chambers of coffinfish are essentially open, meaning the water would just leak out if they were bitten. Joshua Rapp Learn, National Geographic, "This odd deep-sea fish can hold its breath for four minutes," 27 June 2019 While his gut understands the appeal of a third talent, his brain wants role players who fit. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Lakers Have Money. Now They Have to Spend Wisely.," 27 June 2019 Sometimes your gut leads you in the right direction. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Why former Pro Bowl DE Robert Quinn chose Cowboys over Saints as trade destination," 24 June 2019 And then to have that sitting in your gut, not knowing. Charlotte Carroll,, "Rajon Rondo on 2018-19 Lakers: 'I Think We Held It Together as Best as Possible'," 9 June 2019 And then to have that sitting in your gut, not knowing. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Rajon Rondo opens up on how Anthony Davis rumors rattled the Lakers," 8 June 2019 Your gut might be more or less sensitive to fiber than other people’s, Dr. Lee says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Fiber Should I Be Eating to Feel Regular?," 30 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spending gap: So far, an estimated $8.3 million has been spent on ads and other campaign costs for House Bill 6, the controversial bill to bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants and gut the state’s clean-energy standards. Jeremy Pelzer,, "Ohio’s anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ law blocked by federal judge: Capitol Letter," 4 July 2019 In South America, leftist politicians and powerful unions say the deal will gut manufacturing jobs due to an influx of cheaper European imports. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "EU, Mercosur Deal Faces Hurdles on Two Continents," 30 June 2019 Levels of urea, the main chemical in urine, rise 50-fold during hibernation, and gut microbes convert that waste into cold-buffering nitrogen. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "It’s not just bears: These hibernating animals may surprise you," 7 Mar. 2019 For example, females of some species of stink bug nestle a fecal pellet near freshly laid eggs to serve as the larvae’s first meal, thereby inoculating them with their mother’s gut microbiome. Quanta Magazine, "Should Evolution Treat Our Microbes as Part of Us?," 20 Nov. 2018 This would gut Trump’s authority, without requiring more intricate policy changes. Mark Niquette, Fortune, "Trump's Mexico Tariffs Are Coming: Why It's So Hard to Stop Them," 7 June 2019 His approach, based on bespoke research, gut feeling and a taste for going against the grain, divided opinion. The Economist, "Neil Woodford, star fund-manager, comes a cropper," 6 June 2019 When it was finally released, the video sparked outrage and led to widespread protests as well as calls to gut the Chicago Police Department. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Rahm Emanuel leaves behind tainted legacy as Chicago murder rate, crime and corruption surge on his watch," 6 Sep. 2018 But that would gut GE Capital’s revenues, a major risk if the lending division discloses more losses from its long-term insurance portfolio. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "What GE Needs to Do to Avoid Junk Territory," 9 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

A week after one of the most gut-wrenching defeats of her career, Sinclair stepped on the field for a training session with the Portland Thorns. Jamie Goldberg,, "Players begin to return to Portland Thorns from 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup," 4 July 2019 Last Sunday's episode of Game Of Thrones was full of controversial and gut-wrenching scenes that elicited some pretty strong responses from viewers. Glamour, "This Is What Jaime Said Off-Screen That Made Brienne Cry on Game of Thrones," 9 May 2019 In New York, there’s still interest, because gut renovation is already so costly. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All," 22 Dec. 2018 This career versatility is more gut instinct than game plan. Clover Hope, Glamour, "Lakeith Stanfield Is a New Kind of Leading Man," 11 Sep. 2018 That was just gut instinct, though; unlike me, Carreyrou actually began digging. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen," 15 July 2018 Smith's gut feeling and what Plan de Ville's growth in its early stages have proven is that in this new world of social clout, dropping a brand name that nobody else knows rather than a household one can instantly equate to style star power. Tyler Joe, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tales in Retail: Introducing Fashion's Chicest New E-Tailer," 13 Dec. 2016 The news was gut-wrenching, not just to the Los Angeles Angels, but for all of Major League Baseball. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Shohei Ohtani’s elbow injury not only a blow to the Angels, but all of baseball," 8 June 2018 That suggests their effects on the brain could, in part, be a result of their influence on gut flora). The Economist, "Non-antibiotic drugs promote antibiotic resistance," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gut


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


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


1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gut

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

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

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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)

: 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



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

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


\ 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.


\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

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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