\ 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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Their kitchen garden provides produce for a daily changing menu of gutsy British and Mediterranean cooking. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019 Graham-Felsen lets boys be boys: messy-brained, impulsive, goatish, self-centered, outwardly gutsy but often inwardly terrified. Jonathan Miles, New York Times, "Bridging the Racial Divide in a Middle School Friendship," 15 Jan. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up For the Rams, the win validates gutsy decision making that was on display Sunday but stretches back two years. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Rams Rally to Claim Super Bowl Spot," 20 Jan. 2019 This was Barca, not always at their mesmerising best, but gutsy and, in the league at least, unbeatable. Thomas Allnutt,, "Barça hold on for draw against Real - five things we learned," 7 May 2018 Placing a country’s ICBM force on the road is a gutsy decision. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Video Shows Russia's Mobile ICBMs Tackling the Snow," 17 Dec. 2018 Instead, Eovaldi delivered a remarkable outing, throwing six gutsy innings of relief before surrendering the homer to Muncy. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Beat Red Sox, Eventually, in Longest-Ever World Series Game," 27 Oct. 2018 In fact, the country routine started with Harding cutting wood with a prop ax, and concluded with the gutsy athlete throwing Farber to the ballroom floor! Fox News, "'DWTS' recap: Tonya Harding cries after her son watches her dance, two more celebs go home," 8 May 2018 In the wake of Garner's gutsy interview discussing the couple's separation, both parents were in attendance for son Samuel's fourth birthday party this past weekend, according to US Weekly. Christine Coppa, Woman's Day, "Jennifer Garner Reveals Why She Now Takes Her Kids to Church Every Sunday," 29 Feb. 2016

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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