gut

noun
\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : bowels, entrails usually used in pluralfish guts
b : digestive tract also : part of the digestive tract and especially the intestine or stomach
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 nounmaking 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

gut

verb
gutted; gutting

Definition of gut (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

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

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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 This Netflix look at vulgar language, starring Nicolas Cage, is bust-a-gut funny. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Willie Brown: It’s time for California to give the vaccine to anyone who wants it," 9 Jan. 2021 Many of my issues were gut-related—hardly surprising, given my career. Andrea Nguyen, WSJ, "Don’t Want to Go (Entirely) Meatless? Try These Recipes," 30 Dec. 2020 After getting swallowed by a frog, the beetle Regimbartia attenuata can scuttle down the amphibian’s gut and force it to poop, emerging soiled but alive. New York Times, "74 of Our Favorite Facts for 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 So why does limiting blood flow to the gut cause distress? Anne R. Crecelius, The Conversation, "When working out makes you sick to your stomach: What to know about exercise-induced nausea," 29 Dec. 2020 The way Chadwick plays that ending and the message is just so gut wrenching. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Star Taylour Paige On That Chadwick Boseman Scene You Can’t Stop Thinking About," 21 Dec. 2020 And that’s where most of the drink’s health benefits lie: probiotics, a.k.a. good gut bacteria. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Health Benefits of Kombucha, According to Registered Dietitians," 15 Dec. 2020 Yogurt may also be a powerful source of probiotics, or beneficial, naturally occurring gut microbes, which more and more research is pointing toward as a critical component of whole-body health. Jason Bittel, Family, "Help your children de-stress with the right foods," 15 Dec. 2020 Microbiologists calculate that the human gut contains more than 100 trillion microorganisms. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Feeling Depressed? Bacteria in Your Gut May Be to Blame," 21 Dec. 2020 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, "Gut Microbes May Be Key to Solving Food Allergies," 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, "Coronavirus tests global sense of who wins: ‘me’ or ‘us’," 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, "'It Just Didn't Seem That Strange': Part 1 of 'Leaving Neverland' Sees Fairytale and Horror Combine Into Surreal Reality," 4 Mar. 2019 The researchers hope to better understand how gut bacteria protect their insect hosts. Popular Science, "A healthy wasp microbiome can fend off pesticides," 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, "Warner Bros. Signs Deal for AI-Driven Film Management System (Exclusive)," 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, "Free exchange Cost-benefit analyses offend against the notion that life is priceless," 16 Nov. 2019 That Hood was the latest Moda Center target, however, was especially gut-wrenching. oregonlive, "Rodney Hood’s sacrifice and smile suffer setback: Portland Trail Blazers’ forward lost for season with Achilles injury," 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 | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "After another gut-wrenching loss, South Alabama still ‘chopping wood’," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But high-stakes calls like these typically come down to gut decisions made under extreme duress. New York Times, "In Pulling Trump’s Megaphone, Twitter Shows Where Power Now Lies," 9 Jan. 2021 Democratic chairmen would include Bernie Sanders, who would try to gut the Pentagon at the Budget Committee. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "What’s at Stake in Georgia," 1 Jan. 2021 In kids, this widespread inflammation has been tied to gut infections. Fedor Kossakovski, Science, "What we’ve learned about how our immune system fights COVID-19," 29 Dec. 2020 The agency survived the last of the Trump administration’s requests to gut its budget. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, "Massive 2021 U.S. spending bill leaves research advocates hoping for more," 22 Dec. 2020 Now, gig economy giants are trying to gut the law and exempt their workers. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "Freelancers, gig workers express fear that a Biden presidency will put them out of work," 2 Nov. 2020 As an attorney, Scalia had spent decades helping corporations gut or evade government regulations, including worker protections. Eyal Press, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Labor Secretary Is a Wrecking Ball Aimed at Workers," 19 Oct. 2020 The senator also mentioned how the high court is hearing a case that could gut the Affordable Care Act amid a global pandemic. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "'Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking:' Takeaways from the VP debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris," 8 Oct. 2020 Trump’s two secretaries of state, Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo, offered weak resistance to the administration’s attempts to gut the agency, which were thwarted only by congressional intervention. Dallas News, "Biden signals shift from Trump with national security picks," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of gut

Noun

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

Adjective

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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 2021

Cite this Entry

“Gut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gut. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for gut

gut

noun
How to pronounce GUT (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the internal organs of an animal
informal : the inside parts of something
informal : 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

gut

verb

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

gut

noun
\ ˈgət How to pronounce gut (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gut (audio) \

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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