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


gutted; gutting

Definition of gut (Entry 2 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 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 Meanwhile, gut-wrenching victim profiles are pouring out about grieving families. Justin Phillips,, "A perspective on Orinda: Death, gun violence and generational trauma," 7 Nov. 2019 This is going to be an excellent game between two teams still showing some fight and guts in November. Joseph Goodman, al, "LSU will be exposed by Alabama; Presidential winning streak rolls on," 7 Nov. 2019 Ramos steps up into her future leader role by overcoming her fear and pulling the power source out of Grace's human guts. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Spoilers! That skin-crawling 'Terminator: Dark Fate' battle was originally even grosser," 3 Nov. 2019 But out of all the gut-busting scares on Ellen this year, which one is your favorite? Vote below! Heran Mamo, Billboard, "What Is Your Favorite Celebrity Scare on 'Ellen' in 2019? Vote!," 30 Oct. 2019 Learn how Ötzi’s gut holds clues to the spread of people across Europe. Megan Gannon, National Geographic, "Scientists reconstruct Ötzi the Iceman’s frantic final climb," 30 Oct. 2019 My mother was crabbing at the end of the pier, dropping her steel net full of chicken gutsInto the murky water, shimmering in July heat. T. R. Hummer, The New Yorker, "Louisiana," 28 Oct. 2019 But most of that is of the rot-gut variety, costing under $2.50 a bottle. The Economist, "A new spirit Indian gin measures up," 24 Oct. 2019 The robot is played with chilling blankness by Gabriel Luna, a handsome shield for a skeletoid body whose obsidian-colored guts keep splitting apart and oozing back together, like salt-water taffy from hell. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Dark Fate’ is the the best ‘Terminator’ sequel in over 20 years," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Viswanathan and Engel launched Taza with three products, zeroing in on the skin and gut as two crucial pathways to nourishing and healing the body. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Meet Taza, the New Ayurvedic Beauty Brand Focusing on Skin Care and Gut Health," 25 Oct. 2019 The Bearmans have partnered with veteran restaurateur Doug Zeif of Parkland to gut the former club space. Michael Mayo,, "Something’s cooking in Palm Beach County: 3 new restaurants from 3 talented chefs," 15 Oct. 2019 Perhaps he was preoccupied with another bill, which guts the powerful anti-corruption commission, the KPK. The Economist, "Where did the reformist just re-elected as Indonesia’s president go?," 26 Sep. 2019 Struggling to keep her guinea pig cafe open and butting up against the strain of family and friendships, Fleabag brings audiences into her deliciously messy life with plenty of bawdy humor, winking asides, and gut-wrenching truths. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge's one-woman show version of Fleabag is headed to movie theaters," 28 Aug. 2019 Besides the nuclear bailout, HB6 would also gut the state’s clean-energy requirements for utilities, which cost Ohio residential power customers an average of $4.39 per month. Jeremy Pelzer,, "How (un)profitable are Ohio’s two nuclear plants? FirstEnergy Solutions says it can’t tell the public," 24 June 2019 On Wednesday, the Trump Administration announced a sweeping new set of regulations to gut the Flores Agreement. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration’s Sustained Attack on the Rights of Immigrant Children," 22 Aug. 2019 Other researchers use biological markers as diverse as genetics, hormones, and gut bacteria to distinguish dozens of depression categories. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Brain scans could help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal," 20 Aug. 2019 Last November, Democrats won a net 41-seat gain in the House and seven new governorships, many of the victories driven by suburban voters who’d seen a deluge of ads defending the law and hammering Republicans for attempts to gut it. Washington Post, "Biden’s full embrace of Obama health law has political risks," 28 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Troy lost 50-43 to Arkansas State in one of the most gut-wrenching ways imaginable Saturday night, with the clock running out and the Trojans helpless to stop it. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Troy falls 50-43 to Arkansas State in controversial finish," 29 Sep. 2019 But studies show that with habitual consumption, people’s gut flora can actually adapt to better handle sugar alcohols. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Some Bars Make You Crampy, Farty, and Bloated," 24 Sep. 2019 Paired with toy cowgirl Jessie's painful backstory about getting abandoned, this ballad is totally gut-wrenching. 21. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Ranked: The 25 best classic Disney songs, from 'Mary Poppins' to 'The Lion King'," 16 July 2019 A week after one of the most gut-wrenching defeats of her career, Sinclair stepped on the field for a training session with the Portland Thorns. Jamie Goldberg,, "Players begin to return to Portland Thorns from 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup," 4 July 2019 Last Sunday's episode of Game Of Thrones was full of controversial and gut-wrenching scenes that elicited some pretty strong responses from viewers. Glamour, "This Is What Jaime Said Off-Screen That Made Brienne Cry on Game of Thrones," 9 May 2019 In New York, there’s still interest, because gut renovation is already so costly. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All," 22 Dec. 2018 This career versatility is more gut instinct than game plan. Clover Hope, Glamour, "Lakeith Stanfield Is a New Kind of Leading Man," 11 Sep. 2018 That was just gut instinct, though; unlike me, Carreyrou actually began digging. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen," 15 July 2018

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First Known Use of gut


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


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


1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gut

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

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

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The first known use of gut was before the 12th century

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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)

: 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

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


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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
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
gutted; gutting

Medical Definition of gut (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take out the bowels of : eviscerate

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