Definition of gusto in US English:



  • 1Enjoyment or vigor in doing something; zest.

    ‘she sang it with gusto’
    • ‘I taped the liturgy, played the tape in the car, and sang along with gusto.’
    • ‘It might not be an album of quick-fire thrills, but for those who prefer grace over gusto, it's a pretty special one nonetheless.’
    • ‘It remains notable, however, for the accuracy of its historical narrative and the gusto of its curators.’
    • ‘Rounding off this motley group, a talented ensemble of supporting players tackles the remaining characters - several apiece, in fact - with gusto and aplomb.’
    • ‘I think the lack of money out there right now has killed some of the gusto in clients, and designers as well.’
    • ‘In the musical numbers soloists and chorus sang with gusto.’
    • ‘The director has collected together an energetic ensemble cast, who bring a good deal of improvisatory gusto to the proceedings.’
    • ‘Looking unashamedly middle-aged at times, she portrays the 15-year-old Anna with relentless gusto and enthusiasm.’
    • ‘Few productions approach their subject material with anything like the gusto of the annual panto at Glasgow's Pavilion theatre.’
    • ‘She knew that literature, writing and words are important elements of our lives and must be enjoyed with gusto, pleasure and passion.’
    • ‘He appeared completely recovered as he slid into his seat with a smile and ate his large breakfast with gusto.’
    • ‘Therefore, until I do get the gusto to draft one, this is a list of the things I want done if I die anytime in the next five years.’
    • ‘With an obvious large amount of rehearsal, each was able to give the gusto needed for his or her routine.’
    • ‘What's important is to grab each day that we do have and to live it with grace, and gusto.’
    • ‘Too many pop psychologists figured that the gusto was gone from her game, and she was on her way to tennis oblivion.’
    • ‘The band have a style and sound much like the Gaza Strippers, only with talent to back up the gusto.’
    • ‘In fact his theory about Protestantism, Catholicism and the Enlightenment is constantly being overruled or enlarged, I guess, by the passion and the gusto of those stories.’
    • ‘The club song was sung with much gusto after the game.’
    • ‘Could it be that Old Reliable are finally showing their real selves, taking the gusto of their live performances into the studio and creating an album rife with true rock moments?’
    • ‘The film's efforts to establish Cage as a countercultural hero are a little heavy-handed, but you can forgive that for the gusto invested in every action sequence.’
    enthusiasm, relish, appetite, enjoyment, delight, glee, pleasure, satisfaction, gratification, appreciation, liking, fondness
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    1. 1.1archaic in singular A relish or liking.
      ‘he had a particular gusto for those sort of performances’
      • ‘He had a grand gusto for the society he liked.’
      liking, fondness, preference, partiality, taste, penchant, weakness, soft spot, fancy, inclination, leaning, bias, propensity, bent, proclivity, proneness, predisposition, tendency, affinity, appetite, love
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  • 2archaic Style of artistic execution.

    • ‘We should think that in the gusto of form and a noble freedom of outline, Michael Angelo could hardly have surpassed this figure.’


Early 17th century: from Italian, from Latin gustus ‘taste’.