\ 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 It will be filled with drama and intrigue, not to mention a gnawing feeling in your gut, because Quinn will have the No.3 pick in the NFL draft and about $50 million to play with in free agency. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' miserable season ends as Bob Quinn gets a No. 3 pick and $50M to botch," 30 Dec. 2019 Enterococcus isn’t an inherently dangerous bacteria; most humans have some living in their gut. Wired, "Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses," 9 Dec. 2019 The installation proceeds in an obstreperous progression of four rows on three walls, covering more than a century, from 1890 to 2017, but eschewing chronology in favor of gut instinct and dream logic. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "Reframing Modernism at the New MOMA," 12 Nov. 2019 The gut-instinct choice, though, would be Hamlin, who stole the show Sunday. Michael Knight, azcentral, "Denny Hamlin wins at ISM Raceway, advances to NASCAR championship," 10 Nov. 2019 Strange that Hollywood’s most popular black comic actor since Richard Pryor should seem cryptic when reclaiming his roots, but when box-office popularity has waned, Murphy has always fallen back on gut instinct (Vampire in Brooklyn and Life). Armond White, National Review, "Dolemite Is My Name Honors a Surprising Cultural Pioneer," 8 Nov. 2019 Fear is not a good reason to surrender to the gut instinct to fight. Joel Stein, Time, "I Am Forming A New Political Party For Smug Elites Like Me," 22 Oct. 2019 But Chubb likely picks up the first down here if Mayfield just keeps the ball in his gut. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "How Baker Mayfield stopped rolling into chaos and started throwing from the pocket vs. Ravens -- Film Review," 1 Oct. 2019 The sudden exit marked the latest departure of a prominent voice of dissent from Trump’s inner circle as the president has grown more comfortable following his gut instinct over the studious guidance offered by his advisers. Darlene Superville, The Denver Post, "Trump names hostage envoy O’Brien national security adviser," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After the shot, the man guts his victim—a deer—but noticeably lacks any hint of sporting exuberance. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "A Play About the Nuances of Conservatism in the Trump Era," 14 Oct. 2019 The law also guts large parts of the state’s clean energy standards. cleveland, "How one Cleveland lamppost shines a light on dark side of your electric bill," 29 Sep. 2019 Ramsey then gut-punched a franchise already reeling from the loss of Foles by requesting a trade hours after the loss to the Texans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minshew, defense shine as Jaguars thump Titans 20-7," 19 Sep. 2019 Ramsey then gut-punched a franchise already reeling from the loss of Foles by requesting a trade hours after the loss to the Texans. oregonlive, "Jacksonville Jaguars shut down Marcus Mariota, Titans: Recap, score, stats and more," 19 Sep. 2019 Republicans offered a number of amendments to gut the measures, but they were defeated each time by the Democratic majority on the committee. Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, "Judiciary Committee nears vote on impeachment articles against Trump," 13 Dec. 2019 Hollis Giammatteo, a writer, used about $180,000 from savings to gut renovate her daughter’s old basement bedroom and turn it into an Airbnb rental. Kaya Laterman, New York Times, "How to Refeather Your Empty Nest," 13 Dec. 2019 Cannon was able to gut through the win over Dallas despite battling an illness that left him ridiculously weak., "Illness runs through Patriots locker room, sidelining eight at practice - The Boston Globe," 28 Nov. 2019 While the Ducks folded in the desert against Arizona State to eliminate themselves from contention with a 31-28 loss, Oklahoma was able to gut out a 28-24 win over TCU to stay alive at 10-1. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Week 13 observations: Ohio State gains valuable experience as battle for top seed heats up," 24 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 |, al, "After another gut-wrenching loss, South Alabama still ‘chopping wood’," 12 Nov. 2019 Buford choked up before the game, remembering one of the most gut-wrenching moments of Parker’s career — Game 2 of the 2017 Western Conference semifinals against Houston, when the then-34-year-old suffered a ruptured quadriceps tendon. Jeff Mcdonald,, "“Bow on top of a car” as Spurs honor Tony Parker," 11 Nov. 2019 The condition, also known as gut fermentation syndrome, can occur in otherwise healthy people but is more common in patients with diabetes, obesity or Crohn's disease. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Man’s stomach was brewing its own beer," 24 Oct. 2019 Surprisingly, the most gut-wrenching moment of the episode actually happened before the beloved firefighter died. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago Fire' Fans Are Livid Over the Unexpected Death in the Premiere," 26 Sep. 2019 Needed levity arrives courtesy of Hader, a crucial scene stealer whose Richie always has one foot on the gas pedal out of town but lends gut-wrenching emotion, too. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Thought-provoking 'It: Chapter 2' grows up with its horror heroes," 3 Sep. 2019 But Hassett’s influence within the West Wing appeared tempered by a president who regularly bases policy decisions on gut feelings rather than detailed statistical analyses. Bloomberg,, "Trump says top economic advisor Kevin Hassett to leave job," 3 June 2019 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

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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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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gut.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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