gutsy

adjective
\ˈgət-sē \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from gutsy

gutsily \ˈgət-​sə-​lē \ 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

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 In both, gutsy and breathtaking plays were made to prevent one team from seizing a sizeable advantage over the other. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "UT eliminated from College World Series by Florida," 20 June 2018 Here's a look back at the last time New Orleans won a playoff game before Saturday's gutsy win in Game 1. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Remembering the last time New Orleans won an NBA playoff game," 15 Apr. 2018 The game featured gutsy strategic decisions, late-game heroics and the crowning of the future of the program. AL.com, "The most memorable moments of the 2017 Alabama football season," 14 Jan. 2018 In both, gutsy and breathtaking plays were made to prevent one team from seizing a sizeable advantage over the other. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "UT eliminated from College World Series by Florida," 20 June 2018 In both, gutsy and breathtaking plays were made to prevent one team from seizing a sizeable advantage over the other. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "UT eliminated from College World Series by Florida," 20 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gutsy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of gutsy

circa 1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gutsy

Dictionary Entries near gutsy

gutshoot

gutshot

gutstring

gutsy

gutt

gutta

gutta balata

Statistics for gutsy

Last Updated

30 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gutsy

The first known use of gutsy was circa 1893

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gutsy

gutsy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gutsy

: very tough or brave : showing courage

: having a strong and appealing flavor

More from Merriam-Webster on gutsy

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with gutsy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for gutsy

Comments on gutsy

What made you want to look up gutsy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!