\ 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 Further, these gutsy individuals may prove to be your organization’s secret weapon if your organization faces new challenges. Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what bosses lose when they punish the vocal skeptics in the office," 27 Jan. 2020 No one delivered a gutsier film performance in 2019 than Taron Egerton. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Taron Egerton Tries to Keep ‘Rocketman’ Performance in Orbit," 2 Jan. 2020 Gauff already has demonstrated all sorts of terrific qualities on a tennis court, from her big, gutsy serves to an ability to track down opponents’ shots. Time, "Coco Gauff, 15, Just Beat Venus Williams in the 1st Round Again," 20 Jan. 2020 Running back Derrick Henry rushed for a touchdown after the team converted a gutsy fourth-and-two play earlier in the drive. NBC News, "Chiefs beat Titans, erasing early deficit, to reach Super Bowl LIV," 19 Jan. 2020 Despite its more powerful engine, the XT doesn't feel much gutsier than the base model from a stop and at around town speeds. Annie White, Car and Driver, "2020 Subaru Outback Is the Same but Better," 13 Jan. 2020 Brittany Howard, 'Jaime' The Alabama Shakes frontwoman turned to jazz musicians for her inaugural solo effort, and the results are spectacular, placing her gutsy, real-deal vocals against a tapestry of funk, soul and hip-hop grooves. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "2019 pop music Top 10: Lizzo, Bob Seger, Lana del Rey, Danny Brown, Big Thief," 27 Dec. 2019 For every gutsy win over a top-tier squad like the Patriots comes an equally bad loss. Adam Renuart, CNN, "NFL Sunday: Bears-Packers take on 200th game and more as teams face pressure of a playoff push," 15 Dec. 2019 The Boks weren’t as rampant in the second half, though, underlining the gutsy work by Canada after losing Larsen. San Diego Union-Tribune, "South Africa demolishes Canada 66-7, all but into quarters," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of gutsy

circa 1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Feb 2020

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