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Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : bowels, entrails usually used in pluralfish guts
b : digestive tract also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach
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 nounmaking 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

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 The Kawi guts—and the exhaust system in particular—give this bike its unique angry chainsaw sound. Motorcyclist Staff, Popular Science, "The five sexiest-sounding motorcycles," 22 May 2020 The virus must then not only survive the digestive process, but replicate within the mosquito and pass through the gut wall to the coelom (main body cavity) of the mosquito. Claire Gillespie,, "Can Mosquitoes Carry the Coronavirus? Here's What Experts Say," 21 May 2020 Northeast differences Qiu said that doctors have also noticed patients in the northeast cluster seem to have damage mostly in their lungs, whereas patients in Wuhan suffered multi-organ damage across the heart, kidney and gut. Fortune, "Is the coronavirus mutating? China’s new COVID-19 outbreak is raising concerns," 20 May 2020 Things get complicated when another New Yorker, Rocco Quinn, decides Julia's job and the company's efforts are necessary guts for preparing a leaner version of the company before taking it public. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "See the cover for Adriana Herrera's new department store romance Here to Stay," 19 May 2020 And this might lead the immune system to start attacking other healthy tissue in the heart or nerves or gut. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "What's Different About the Coronavirus in Kids," 15 May 2020 Among the lessons: Ulcerative colitis attacks the gut due to a hyperactive auto-immune system. Dallas News, "While the MLB worries about economic issues of returning, Rangers, players around the league weigh the inherent risks," 13 May 2020 Biden, who leads virtually in all head-to-head polls against Trump as the coronavirus pandemic crisis guts the U.S. economy, has argued that the administration isn’t going far enough., "Biden Championed Close China Ties and Then Xi Came Along," 11 May 2020 These propulsion guts are the most difficult parts of a rocket to control, and static-fire testing them is important. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Military space plane returns to pad, SLS engine costs soar," 8 May 2020 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 His story is interspersed with that of a young man, sent to gut the storefront of Les Vraies Richesses eighty years later, who discovers the spirit of Charlot—and that of his bibliophilia—alive in the community. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 4 May 2020 The Packers had lost three straight games, starting with the contest in which Rodgers was injured, and Green Bay was able to gut out a tie against Minnesota, 26-26. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Randall Cobb is wide open for thrilling 2013 finish," 2 May 2020 Sign Up Now There is, perhaps, no better evidence of this truth than the vast amount of capital that firms have deployed to gut the rule. Daniel Boguslaw, The New Republic, "Death Industry Predators Eye the Spoils of a Pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 Historian and author John Barry, who was vice president of the board, estimated the Legislature filed 20 separate bills in 2014 to gut the lawsuit. Sara Sneath, ProPublica, "How Louisiana Lawmakers Stop Residents’ Efforts to Fight Big Oil and Gas," 7 Feb. 2020 The coronavirus is testing Trump’s governing philosophy that gut instinct is better than traditional expertise, that preparation and careful study is no match for impulse and luck. Philip Rucker,, "Trump suspends travel from Europe to US for 30 days," 11 Mar. 2020 That's not a likely scenario likely under the plan the top Democratic presidential contender is currently touting on the campaign trail, which would gut private insurance in favor of enrolling everyone in a government plan. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "Fearful of losing key bargaining role, unions hope Sanders 'Medicare for all' will leave room for private coverage," 24 Feb. 2020 Panorganismal gut microbiome-host metabolic crosstalk. Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, "Nestlé's research on nutrition and the human gut microbiome," 17 Feb. 2015 When people make decisions, psychologists have found, two main systems influence their thinking and decision-making: gut feelings and logical analysis. NBC News, "Pandemic decision-making: Why Humans aren't wired to understand the coronavirus," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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26 May 2020

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“Gut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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


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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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