gutsier; gutsiest
: marked by courage, pluck, or determination
a gutsy little fighter
a gutsy decision
: expressing or characterized by basic physical senses or passions
gutsy macho talk
gutsy country blues
: rough or plain in style : not bland or sophisticated
a gutsy soup
gutsily 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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gutsy was circa 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Gutsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


gutsier; gutsiest
: aggressively tough : courageous
a gutsy decision
a gutsy hockey player
gutsiness noun
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