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gutter

noun gut·ter \ ˈgə-tər \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of gutter

1 a : 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

Examples of gutter in a Sentence

  1. one of his chores is to clean leaves and sticks out of the gutters before winter sets in

  2. rainwater running off the road into the gutters

Recent Examples of gutter from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of gutter

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

gutter Synonyms

Other Building Terms


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gutter

verb

Definition of gutter

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

Recent Examples of gutter from the Web

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First Known Use of gutter

14th century


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gutter

adjective

Definition of gutter

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

Examples of gutter in a Sentence

  1. a novel that does a good job of rendering the gutter language of that stratum of society

First Known Use of gutter

15th century



GUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

gutter

noun

Definition of gutter for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of gutter for English Language Learners

  • : of the worst kind : offensive or immoral


GUTTER Defined for Kids

gutter

noun gut·ter \ ˈgə-tər \

Definition of gutter for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

gutter

noun gut·ter \ ˈgət-ər \

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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