plural noun
in·​nards | \ ˈi-nərdz How to pronounce innards (audio) \

Definition of innards

1 : the internal organs of a human being or animal especially : viscera
2 : the internal parts especially of a structure or mechanism

Examples of innards in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Accessing the innards of most other laptops requires prying at a bunch of easily breakable plastic retention clips, but the Framework Laptop opens up easily and smoothly. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 24 July 2022 The palm grease and petty trafficking of daily life in Iran is thrust into the foreground, as if in an X-ray of the innards of society—a cold, curt, and clinical manner in which Rasoulof contains and conveys his rage. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 June 2022 Along with food critic Katie Parla, Tucci looked inward for this meal -- specifically, the innards of chicken and beef. CNN, 21 Mar. 2021 Any type of willy-nilly revealing of the innards of the AI could undercut their investment. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Mom baked them as usual, but then scooped out the innards, mashed them and added butter and cheese before putting them back in their jackets for a final spin in the oven. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 There, its final, irresistible impulse is to latch its jaws upon the twig, dying as the mycelium finally consumes all the insect’s innards. Doug Bierend, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2021 My week’s test took me to the hills of Westchester as well as the innards of Manhattan and, briefly, to Cobble Hill, Williamsburg and Bushwick in Brooklyn. Josh Max, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Along Main Street, the innards of a climate ghost town sit suspended in time. Andrea Stanley, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of innards

circa 1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for innards

alteration of inwards

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The first known use of innards was circa 1825

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4 Aug 2022

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“Innards.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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noun plural
in·​nards | \ ˈin-ərdz How to pronounce innards (audio) \

Medical Definition of innards

: the internal organs of a human being or animal especially : viscera

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