gutter

noun
gut·​ter | \ ˈgə-tər How to pronounce gutter (audio) \

Definition of gutter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a trough along the eaves to catch and carry off rainwater
b : a low area (as at the edge of a street) to carry off surface water (as to a sewer)
c : a trough or groove to catch and direct something the gutters of a bowling alley
2 : a white space formed by the adjoining inside margins of two facing pages (as of a book)
3 : the lowest or most vulgar level or condition of human life

gutter

verb
guttered; guttering; gutters

Definition of gutter (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cut or wear gutters in
2 : to provide with a gutter

intransitive verb

1a : to flow in rivulets
b of a candle : to melt away through a channel out of the side of the cup hollowed out by the burning wick
2 : to incline downward in a draft the candle flame guttering

gutter

adjective

Definition of gutter (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the gutter especially : marked by extreme vulgarity, cheapness, or indecency gutter politics

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Examples of gutter in a Sentence

Noun

one of his chores is to clean leaves and sticks out of the gutters before winter sets in rainwater running off the road into the gutters

Adjective

a novel that does a good job of rendering the gutter language of that stratum of society
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the thing about Ghana: The sewage flows along the side of the street in an open gutter. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "“My Job Is To Be a Spirit Leader”: Behind the Scenes with Virgil Abloh," 14 May 2019 Curbs and gutters will be added, storm sewers are earmarked for upgrades and several culverts will be replaced. Sue Kiesewetter, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio 747 widening should help Liberty's north-south traffic flow," 5 Feb. 2018 Planned improvements also include replacing concrete curbs, gutters, sidewalks and access ramps where needed. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Huntington Beach weighs $373 million budget for 2018-19," 22 May 2018 Resurfacing is taking place between Route 83 and Center Street, including installation of curbs and gutters on the section north of Washington. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Washington Street repairs a reminder to expect unexpected construction," 5 June 2018 Display it from your porch or windows, or—even better—from your gutter! Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Everyone Is Freaking Out About This Crazy 'Christmas Vacation' Clark Griswold Inflatable," 10 Dec. 2018 The new funding would enable American's With Disabilities Act improvements, while previous years paid for siding and gutters, perimeter stone wall restoration, and an assessment of the 174-year-old house. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Monday, March 5, 2018," 5 Mar. 2018 Her roof was missing a few shingles, gutters were torn off, and there was minor damage to her siding. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Tornado damage closes Manhattan post office," 27 June 2018 Like several readers in our comments section, our first reaction was that these people should get their minds out of the gutter. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Political Distortion of Language," 7 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The cities can dictate whether or not it's curbed and guttered, concrete, setback limitations, the house size, the lot size and a number of other restrictions. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Commissioners yield to Dayton for stricter subdivision rules," 29 Mar. 2018 The flame of Indian paleontology may be guttering, but a few recent developments have buoyed spirits. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "India’s paleontologists fight destruction of its fossil riches," 4 Apr. 2018 Is the spirit of man extinguished at death like a candle guttered by a passing wind? Pioneer Press Editorial Board, Twin Cities, "An Easter homily," 16 Apr. 2017 That sum would pay partially for street repaving, major bridge rehabilitation, and curb and gutter rehabilitation — all part of the Department of Public Works’ nearly $227 million bond request for deferred maintenance. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Backlog of repairs may weigh down Denver’s fall bond measures, pushing out new projects," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of gutter

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gutter

Noun

Middle English goter, from Anglo-French gutere, goter, from gute drop, from Latin gutta

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The first known use of gutter was in the 14th century

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gutter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, hollow device that is attached to the edges of a roof to catch rain and carry it away from a building
: a low area at the side of a road that is used to catch water and carry it away from the road
: a long, narrow low section along the sides of a bowling lane

gutter

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gutter (Entry 2 of 2)

: of the worst kind : offensive or immoral

gutter

noun
gut·​ter | \ ˈgə-tər How to pronounce gutter (audio) \

Kids Definition of gutter

1 : a trough along the eaves of a house to catch and carry off water
2 : a low area (as at the side of a road) to carry off surface water

gutter

noun
gut·​ter | \ ˈgət-ər How to pronounce gutter (audio) \

Medical Definition of gutter

: a depressed furrow between body parts (as on the surface between a pair of adjacent ribs or in the dorsal wall of the body cavity on either side of the spinal column)

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