\ 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

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 Eventually playing all five positions, his gutsy, iconic game six featured 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, and earned the Lakers the championship crown. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 9 May 2022 The gutsy pitching was there all game for the Archbishop Curley baseball team Thursday against visiting Calvert Hall. Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2022 Produced by Ricky Skaggs, the track heads skyward aided by Dolly’s gutsy vocal and some relentlessly entertaining bluegrass instrumentation. Stephen L. Betts, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2022 Challenged to withstand the team’s wave of injuries, the missteps of a young defense, and the pressure of frequent one-goal games, Quick produced gutsy performances when the Kings’ postseason chances were iffy. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 It’s a gutsy piece of work, not only in the reach of its ambition but also in its willingness to show us actual guts. The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 With 5:27 remaining and Cleveland trailing the Magic by two points, in the biggest moment of the game -- and perhaps the slipping season -- Bickerstaff made a stunning, gutsy substitution. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 29 Mar. 2022 Making such a change to the lineup might be a gutsy call with some, but not with O’Keefe. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, former Fox host Bill O'Reilly singled Griffin out as a gutsy reporter unafraid to challenge others. David Bauder, ajc, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gutsy

circa 1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gutsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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