\ 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 gutsy (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
Recent Examples on the Web In a gutsy showdown that went all the way to full count, Bright managed to strike Fabian out and get out of the inning without giving up any more runs. Giana Han, al, "Auburn baseball drops 14th SEC game with loss to Florida," 24 Apr. 2021 Luis Urías, Billy McKinney and Tyrone Taylor each hit solo home runs to provide the offense, and Brandon Woodruff pitched a gutsy six innings to out-duel a lights-out Joe Musgrove and the San Diego Padres, 3-1, at Petco Park on Monday night. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Padres 1: Just enough offense and a lot of Brandon Woodruff equals a win," 19 Apr. 2021 To recap, the Model X Plaid will be fitted with three electric motors that reportedly produce a gutsy 1,020 horses to see the four-wheeler soar from zero to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 163 mph. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Watch: Did This Drone Just Capture Tesla Testing Its Semi and Model X Plaid at the Factory?," 16 Apr. 2021 Historically, this Oscar phenomena tends to reward films considered too gutsy for the more conservative Academy, boldly picking controversial fare like Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. Chris Feil, Vulture, "Every Academy Awards Voting Branch Ranked by Taste," 25 Mar. 2021 Baker Mayfield, on a day when his interception streak ended and his completion percentage wasn’t great for much of the night, was gutsy and made winning plays late. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns’ loss to Ravens shouldn’t dampen performance that showed they belong on the big stage," 15 Dec. 2020 The book, published by Sourcebooks this month, includes inspiring stories of the bold and gutsy women who founded the Society of Woman Geographers in 1925 — a response to being excluded from the male-only Explorers Club., "Solve real-life problems at the Museum of Science, get married in a hot-air balloon, and read about women explorers," 24 Mar. 2021 Ja Morant struggled against a tough Heat defense Wednesday, but came through late to lead the Grizzlies to a gutsy victory. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo takes a seat on the floor and anger Sixers in comeback win," 18 Mar. 2021 It was fitted with the same 5.6-liter V-8 as the 560 SEC that was then pushed up to a gutsy 6.0-liters. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "This Rare ’89 Mercedes-Benz AMG ‘Wide Body’ Could Fetch up to $250,000 at Auction," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of gutsy

circa 1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Apr 2021

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“Gutsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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