\ 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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The sharpest points in this staging are the gutsy juxtapositions of form. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Review: Brecht debuts at Cal Shakes with rollicking ‘Good Person of Szechwan’," 8 July 2019 The gutsy design prompted NASA to ask two independent teams to examine the mission plan and assess whether the project could actually be executed at the cost allowed, Zurbuchen said. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "NASA plans to send a flying robot to Saturn’s moon Titan," 28 June 2019 These tools actually provide gutsy performance, vibration-free power, and run time. Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Tool Awards," 14 June 2019 That’s what happens when a superior voice is powered by a sharp interpretive intelligence and a penchant for gutsy, gritty performance. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: Muti kicks off season’s end with sumptuous ‘Aida’," 22 June 2019 Mitole extended his winning streak to seven with a gutsy victory in the $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap. Tom Canavan,, "Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont," 9 June 2019 The mayor was a tough, inconceivably gutsy, twenty-six- or twenty-eight-year-old in blue jeans, a very striking young woman who had been elected a few weeks before as the candidate of the party affiliated with the guerrillas’ front organization. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, "A Reporting Life in Latin America," 6 June 2019 William Elkins, Logan Pinon and Avery Moorefield all had singles, while James Lee and Pinon had gutsy performances on the mound. Anthony Ciardelli,, "Huntington West Orioles blank Costa Mesa American Angels," 8 June 2019 Guy and Jerome took care of that with Guy making a gutsy recovery after going down in pain with the ankle injury late in the first half. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "Virginia shakes off Purdue 80-75 in OT to win South Region," 31 Mar. 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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