\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : bowels, entrails usually used in plural fish guts
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 guts plural : fortitude and stamina in coping with what alarms, repels, or discourages : courage, pluck had the guts to run for public office
4 : the basic visceral, emotional, or instinctual part of a person She knew in her gut that he was lying. Consult more than one financial adviser before making a final choice, and trust your gut.— Quentin Fottrell My gut says this is, overall, a terrible idea.— Erica Buist often used before another noun making a gut decisiona gut feeling"Tony's a very driven guy, and he makes a lot of decisions based on gut instinct," …— Tom Nides
5 : a narrow passage also : a narrow waterway or small creek
6 : the sac of silk taken from a silkworm ready to spin its cocoon and drawn out into a thread for use as a snell



Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : arising from one's inmost self : visceral a gut reaction
2 : having strong impact or immediate relevance gut issues


gutted; gutting

Definition of gut (Entry 3 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

Definition of GUT (Entry 4 of 4)

grand unified theory; grand unification theory

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 Aspirin, for example, works to prevent heart attacks and strokes, but not well enough in the general population to warrant its associated harms, such as bleeding in the brain and gut. H. Gilbert Welch, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 My first gut instinct is no, but as the show goes on, that might change. Breanne L. Heldman,, 3 Jan. 2022 Always be prepared to go with your gut instinct and your values. Chris Feliciano Arnold, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Nov. 2021 Perhaps not Mother, though caught in this bind, Elena has only her gut instinct to follow. Guy Lodge, Variety, 10 Nov. 2021 There’s a lot of information coming at me every day that can distort my gut instinct. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Nov. 2021 Sometimes, what appears to be an irrational fear may very well be a gut instinct. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 21 Oct. 2021 This would have happened 10 years ago, yet my gut instinct is to report this to the school., 29 Sep. 2021 This would have happened 10 years ago, yet my gut instinct is to report this to the school. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 29 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In one of the studies, Nagler and coworkers collected gut bacteria from the feces of healthy and milk-allergic babies and put those collections of microbes into the digestive tracts of germ-free mice. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, 23 May 2020 Some of this was simply a gut public-health reaction to the sudden spread of the virus. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2020 But as their descriptions continue into more specific and graphic territory, that veneer quickly dissolves into unmistakable, gut-wrenching exploitation. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 4 Mar. 2019 The researchers hope to better understand how gut bacteria protect their insect hosts. Popular Science, 5 Feb. 2020 Still, Hollywood fancies itself as a town that operates on gut instinct rather than algorithms, for better or for worse. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2020 Priorities can then be set on a sounder basis than gut instinct, sentimental appeal or the political clout of the people hurt or helped. The Economist, 16 Nov. 2019 That Hood was the latest Moda Center target, however, was especially gut-wrenching. oregonlive, 7 Dec. 2019 South Alabama lost in one of the most gut-wrenching ways imaginable last Saturday, a missed 28-yard field goal that would have given the Jaguars the lead with 1:08 to play. Creg Stephenson |, al, 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Legislature won’t gut the independent commission, at least not right away. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Dec. 2021 The Warriors usually gut bigs in those spots, but Ayton met the challenge. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 30 Nov. 2021 In this more complete version, the Beatles know in some part of their collective heart and gut that they’re headed for a breakup (if not now, then soon enough). Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 25 Nov. 2021 Gun purchases have soared and the Supreme Court appears poised to gut New York State’s handgun permit requirement in a Second Amendment case. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Lobbyists for drug companies, oil and gas firms, the tobacco corporations and other U.S. industries are pressuring allies in Congress to gut measures that would help pay for the bill by raising billions of dollars from their industries. Brody Mullins, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 In 2013, Democrats moved to gut the filibuster for presidential nominees other than for the Supreme Court. Clare Foran, Manu Raju And Ali Zaslav, CNN, 3 June 2021 He was limited in practice all week, but will try to gut it out. cleveland, 21 Oct. 2021 But, most men come to the understanding through ‘gut instinct’. Meggen Taylor, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of gut


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


1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for gut

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

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

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17 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the internal organs of an animal
: the inside parts of something
: the most important parts of something



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

: relating to or based on emotions : not based on logic or reason
: affecting people's emotions



English Language Learners Definition of gut (Entry 3 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


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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 He flattened his back against the wall and pulled in his gut.— Lynne Rae Perkins, Nuts to You
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


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.


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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


transitive verb
gutted; gutting

Medical Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take out the bowels of : eviscerate

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