\ ˈgət-sē How to pronounce gutsy (audio) \
gutsier; gutsiest

Definition of gutsy

1 : marked by courage, pluck, or determination a gutsy little fighter a gutsy decision
2a : expressing or characterized by basic physical senses or passions gutsy macho talk gutsy country blues
b : rough or plain in style : not bland or sophisticated a gutsy soup

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Other Words from gutsy

gutsily \ ˈgət-​sə-​lē How to pronounce gutsily (audio) \ adverb
gutsiness noun

Examples of gutsy in a Sentence

That was a very gutsy decision. a gutsy coach willing to let her team improvise on the court

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On Sunday, the 15th anniversary of his dad’s death, Mike scored the winning run against the Marlins on a gutsy dash home on a short wild pitch in the eighth inning. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Yastrzemski goes home to Boston remembering his best coach: His dad," 16 Sep. 2019 Medvedev put forth a gutsy, heroic effort that will surely be celebrated for years to come. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "Rafael Nadal Takes Another Step Toward Tennis History," 9 Sep. 2019 Hers was a gutsy, label-defying career defined by a love of all kinds of music. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Magnificent Linda Ronstadt," 5 Sep. 2019 Based on folk tunes the composer heard in Russia's Caucasus mountains, this got playing alternately gutsy, reflective and pertly playful; irresistible start to finish; from Thompson, Rose, DerHovsepian and Taylor. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Enterprising programs open another season for Fort Worth's Mimir Chamber Music Festival," 6 July 2019 There's Artie Butler’s groovy piano opening, those urgent backing vocals from no less than Merry Clayton and Brenda Holloway, and Cocker giving you his best raspy, throaty, gutsy performance. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 1969: Staff Picks," 14 Aug. 2019 Mr Quilty—who piles paint on his canvases with a cake-icing knife to make gutsy, large-scale works that both charm and challenge his compatriots—has followed an unusual career path. The Economist, "Ben Quilty’s paintings depict violence, loss and “death jackets”," 9 Aug. 2019 Wallace, who died in 2012 after a long and storied career, was known for his gutsy, tough interviews as a host on CBS’ 60 Minutes program. Sara Merican, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mike Wallace Is Here' Filmmaker: Doc Tells a "Bigger Story" About Broadcast Journalism," 31 July 2019 This past weekend, Wolters reinforced his reputation as Colorado’s gutsiest player, catching games against the Yankees on both Saturday and Sunday as the heat index in the Bronx reached 106 degrees. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies catcher Tony Wolters earns teammates’ praise for hot work behind plate," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of gutsy

circa 1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gutsy was circa 1893

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English Language Learners Definition of gutsy

: very tough or brave : showing courage
: having a strong and appealing flavor

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