\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web However, his gutsy effort and defensive knowledge has been a big reason for the Spartans’ increased toughness. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball Senior Day a family affair for Kyle Ahrens vs. brother," 5 Mar. 2020 The Saints were down 10-6 at the beginning of the third quarter, but, in what is considered one of the gutsiest play calls in Super Bowl history, managed to recover a surprise onside kick to start the second half. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Super Bowl 2020: Kansas City wins Super Bowl LIV 31-20," 2 Feb. 2020 The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder extended the Bears lead to 21-10 with a gutsy call in the final seconds of the first half. Rusty Simmons,, "Cal captures first bowl win since 2015, beating Illinois in Redbox Bowl," 30 Dec. 2019 The decision to announce a significant cutback without Moscow’s prior approval of the deal was seen as a gutsy call. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "OPEC Proposes a Large Cut in Oil Output," 5 Mar. 2020 Kyler Murray completed a gutsy fourth-down pass to Pharoh Cooper on Arizona’s opening drive that ended with Edmonds’ first touchdown, a 20-yard run with center A.Q. Shipley and guard Justin Pugh pulling to free things up perfectly. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Chase Edmonds carries the load as Cardinals win third straight game," 20 Oct. 2019 Watch these three dozen gutsy athletes from around the world take on snorting, stomping beasts in an extreme exhibition of skill and courage over two days of hardcore action. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "10 fun things to do the week of Feb. 14-20 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 13 Feb. 2020 Past similar rockets, like the Apollo-era Saturn 5, could carry 140 tons into low-Earth orbit, which helped NASA pull off its gutsy moonshots in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need To Know About Russia’s (Possibly Fictional) Super Heavy Rocket," 3 Feb. 2020 Joe Flacco needs to be gutsy and air it out more and target Emmanuel Sanders more. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: Is it time to clean out the front office, starting with John Elway?," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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5 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gutsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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