\ 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 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 The book, published by Sourcebooks this month, includes inspiring stories of the bold and gutsy women who founded the Society of Woman Geographers in 1925 — a response to being excluded from the male-only Explorers Club., "Solve real-life problems at the Museum of Science, get married in a hot-air balloon, and read about women explorers," 24 Mar. 2021 Ja Morant struggled against a tough Heat defense Wednesday, but came through late to lead the Grizzlies to a gutsy victory. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo takes a seat on the floor and anger Sixers in comeback win," 18 Mar. 2021 It was fitted with the same 5.6-liter V-8 as the 560 SEC that was then pushed up to a gutsy 6.0-liters. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "This Rare ’89 Mercedes-Benz AMG ‘Wide Body’ Could Fetch up to $250,000 at Auction," 16 Mar. 2021 The James Beard Foundation noted a wave of restaurants serving classic, gutsy French cuisine as far back as late 2016 in food-centric cities like Los Angeles and New York and predicted more to come. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio now has a robust French dining scene after more than a decade with Brasserie Mon Chou Chou, Bistr09, La Frite and more," 10 Mar. 2021 The formula added up to a 2020 U.S. Open win by six shots at fearsome Winged Foot and a gutsy final-round performance at Bay Hill. Edgar Thompson,, "Bryson DeChambeau turns attention to Players Championship after winning Arnold Palmer Invitational," 10 Mar. 2021 The gutsy little theater on East 4th Street, just in recent seasons, has produced shows like Slave Play, Once, and Hadestown, all of which later traveled uptown to play successfully on Broadway. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "The Highs and Lows of NYTW’s 25 Years of Rent Benefit," 3 Mar. 2021 The gutsy move would be to gamble on Oladipo’s health and return to his All-Star form as well as his ability to mesh with Luka and Porzingis. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "The Mavericks already hold a pair of aces, but this NBA draft may not bring them three of a kind," 15 Nov. 2020 The league made Cuban back off, but that was a gutsy move. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Clock ticking on A's Howard Terminal ballpark dream, and stakes couldn't be bigger," 13 Feb. 2021

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Gutsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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