gut

noun
\ˈgət \

Definition of gut 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a(1) : bowels, entrails usually used in plural fish guts

(2) : the basic visceral or emotional part of a person She knew in her gut that he was lying.

b : digestive tract also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach

c : belly, abdomen

d : catgut

2 guts plural : the inner essential parts the guts of a car

3 : a narrow passage also : a narrow waterway or small creek

4 : the sac of silk taken from a silkworm ready to spin its cocoon and drawn out into a thread for use as a snell

5 guts plural : fortitude and stamina in coping with what alarms, repels, or discourages : courage, pluck had the guts to run for public office

gut

verb
gutted; gutting

Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : eviscerate

b : to extract all the essential passages or portions from

2a : to destroy the inside of fire gutted the building

b : to destroy the essential power or effectiveness of inflation gutting the economy

gut it out

gut

adjective

Definition of gut (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : arising from one's inmost self : visceral a gut reaction

2 : having strong impact or immediate relevance gut issues

Definition of GUT (Entry 4 of 4)

grand unified theory; grand unification theory

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Examples of gut in a Sentence

Noun

the guts of the fish the guts of a machine the guts of a business deal That decision took a lot of guts. I didn't have the guts to do it.

Verb

The salmon is already gutted and filleted. Critics claim that these reforms will gut the law.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her gut clenched every time a raindrop bounced off a rosebush leaf. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018 The perils of Trump's follow-his-gut approach to North Korean diplomacy quickly became apparent. Jeremy Diamond, Jeff Zeleny And Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump resets the world stage," 13 June 2018 Flies buzz around the goose guts in my dogpot, and a big black bumblebee, and everywhere birds are chirping and singing — sparrows and robins and warblers flitting in the branches, rustling in dead leaves, busy setting up homes here on the hill. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "We’re failing in our relationship with nature – and with each other," 9 June 2018 Some of the bacteria grow across its skin, while others slip into the mouth and make their way to the gut. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 If left unchecked, typhoid can cause internal bleeding, perforation of the gut and, in up to a fifth of cases, death. The Economist, "A strain of typhoid could become virtually untreatable," 26 Apr. 2018 But the photo of Emmett’s friendly, open face, which was hung next to the gruesome mess in the casket, put it in gut-wrenching perspective. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Funeral for Emmett Till, lynched in 1955, unfolds every day in the nation’s capital," 12 July 2018 Removing the pilot, together with the systems required for a human being to fly a fighter aircraft and remain alive during the gut-wrenching manoeuvres this involves, has many advantages—not least of them, cost. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 On the other side, there have been moments of gut-wrenching heartbreak, as hip-hop suffered a pair of tragic losses with the murders of burgeoning South Florida superstar XXXTentacion and Pittsburgh's Jimmy Wopo. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Pusha T & Drake's Feud, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music Domination, XXXTentacion's Death, 'Scorpion' & More: Recapping a Wild 40 Days in Hip-Hop," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trump’s war against Obamacare intensified, and after a failed effort to gut the law in the spring, a summer vote in Congress began to look more likely to succeed. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Where Is Barack Obama?," 24 June 2018 But what Trump giveth, Trump can take away: Summers stands to lose a lot more if the White House’s plan to gut funding for the food-aid program for the poorest Americans goes through. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump’s food-stamp plan: Government picks the meals for poor people," 15 Feb. 2018 The report shows that 8.8 million people signed up, more than were initially expected amid Republican efforts to gut President Obama’s key healthcare legislation. Bloomberg.com, "Despite Undermining Efforts, ACA sees Steady Signups (Audio)," 22 Dec. 2017 Unlike his romp through the Derby, Justify had to gut this one out in the slop, finally putting away from Good Magic in deep stretch but also having to hold off Bravazo, who charged late but came up a neck short. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Justify wins muddy Preakness, heads to Belmont as Triple Crown contender," 19 May 2018 Meanwhile, over that same time period, conservative detractors have proposed dozens of bills that would gut the act’s key provisions. Peter S. Alagona, Outside Online, "The Endangered Species Act Needs a Reboot," 9 July 2018 Twelve weeks to gut the building of all that was Macy’s and then in its place build bedrooms, install bathrooms and furnish a recreation room and cafeteria. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "The future of suburban homelessness? As malls empty, an old Macy’s becomes a homeless shelter.," 6 July 2018 The twin 120-seat theaters at the Art House are nestled in the back of a building on Commercial Street that houses the 1620 Brewhouse owned by Ben deRuyter, who wants to gut the theaters and expand his restaurant to include a micro-brewery. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "Series that brings Broadway stars to Provincetown may lose its home," 5 July 2018 Is third baseman Travis Shaw simply going to have to gut through an injury all year? Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers Podcast: Chatting with Jesus Aguilar and farm director Tom Flanagan, plus why are the Brewers so hesitant to use the 10-day DL?," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The news was gut-wrenching, not just to the Los Angeles Angels, but for all of Major League Baseball. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Shohei Ohtani’s elbow injury not only a blow to the Angels, but all of baseball," 8 June 2018 That suggests their effects on the brain could, in part, be a result of their influence on gut flora). The Economist, "Non-antibiotic drugs promote antibiotic resistance," 19 Mar. 2018 Imagine now the gut feeling many Greeks must feel about the politics of this situation. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Think the U.S. is at odds? Consider Greece.," 26 June 2018 Rather, they are based on a combination of gut instinct and domestic political calculation. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump America Isn’t Going to the G7 to Make Friends (or Keep Them)," 7 June 2018 Luyendyk received his fair share of social media hate for dumping Becca Kufrin in perhaps the most gut-wrenching way — by allowing the cameras to film the action, then airing it on television. refinery29.com, "Of Course That Bachelor Scene Where Arie Dumped Becca Was Edited," 28 May 2018 Fan favorite Becca Kufrin — who found herself at the center of one of the most gut-wrenching Bachelor breakups of all time — has a second chance at love. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Week in entertainment: "The Bachelorette" and "Arrested Development" return," 26 May 2018 Elizabeth has another confrontation in this episode that brings a similar sense of resolution, in similarly gut-wrenching fashion. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Americans spends its penultimate episode raising lots of very big questions," 24 May 2018 The gut microbiome, also known as gut flora, is the collective bacteria and microorganisms that live in the digestive system, Sarah Sloat writes for Inverse. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "A Surprising Way Dogs Are Similar to Humans," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gut

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gut

Noun

Middle English, from Old English guttas, plural; probably akin to Old English gēotan to pour

Verb

see gut entry 1

Adjective

see gut entry 1

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gut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

guts : the internal organs of an animal

: the inside parts of something

: the most important parts of something

gut

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 3)

: to remove the internal organs from (a fish or an animal)

: to destroy the inside of (a structure)

: to destroy the power of (something) : to make (something) no longer effective

gut

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gut (Entry 3 of 3)

: relating to or based on emotions : not based on logic or reason

: affecting people's emotions

gut

noun
\ˈgət \

Kids Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the inner parts of an animal a frog's guts

2 : a person's stomach : belly

3 : the digestive tract or a part of it (as the intestine)

4 : the inner parts the guts of the machine

5 : catgut

6 guts plural : courage

gut

verb
gutted; gutting

Kids Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to remove the inner organs from gut a fish

2 : to destroy the inside of Fire gutted the building.

gut

noun
\ˈgət \

Medical Definition of gut 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : digestive tract also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach the mix of bacteria making up the flora of the gut — W. E. Leary

b : abdomen sense 1a, belly usually used in plural not often in formal use his huge gut hung far below his belt— L. M. Uris

2 : catgut

gutted; gutting

Medical Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take out the bowels of : eviscerate

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