Definition of gut in English:

gut

noun

  • 1The stomach or belly.

    ‘a painful stabbing feeling in his gut’
    • ‘If a crocodile ate her alive, you'd imagine she'd give the rotter a good ticking off while trapped inside its guts.’
    • ‘Patients will almost never knee you in the groin or kick you in the gut.’
    • ‘His guts screamed with pain, and he was so disoriented he couldn't move until the sound of gunshots made him force himself to get up.’
    • ‘There was a slight itching pain in my guts and my face burned.’
    • ‘When Tom Friedman starts talking peace plans, it's usually time for either a stomach pump or a belly laugh - either way, your guts are going to be sore.’
    • ‘Some angry fan punched him in the gut, injured him, and he lost the Tour.’
    • ‘My students were not even afraid to try to hurt me: two boys spent a month throwing pencils at me in the middle of lessons; another child slugged me in the gut.’
    • ‘If you get churning guts, concentrate on relaxing your stomach muscles.’
    • ‘Sims' basslines were jabs to the gut - physical in the extreme.’
    • ‘If the President lined up every world leader in a line and systematically punched each of them in the gut in the name of unilateral diplomacy, would you still vote for him?’
    • ‘It doesn't mean that you'll end up with six bullets in your guts.’
    • ‘Griffin looked at his stomach, seeing that his own knife was jabbed into his guts.’
    • ‘I do still feel like I've been kicked in the gut, but I've kind of gotten used to that.’
    • ‘I didn't even have time to respond, my entire focus was spent on making sure my face didn't look like someone punched me in the gut.’
    • ‘All of this has got to cause a churning in his gut.’
    • ‘All they are is a stabbing knife-like pain in the guts.’
    • ‘It would've taken away the pain that now twisted inside his guts.’
    • ‘His voice, deeper and from the gut, returns in this CD to a peaceable realm, to the great meditative music of the Mandingo empire.’
    • ‘Youth's bass lines still hit you full on in the gut, whilst Geordie's fabulously taut guitar works still works its way right inside your ears.’
    • ‘You slice your wrist and it's as good as stabbing yourself in the gut.’
    stomach, belly, abdomen
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    1. 1.1Biology Medicine
      The lower alimentary canal or a part of this; the intestine.
      ‘microbes which naturally live in the human gut’
      • ‘Some of these organisms can damage the cells lining the inner surface of the gut and interfere with the normal processes of the intestines.’
      • ‘A stoma is an artificial opening to or from the intestine (which is also known as the gut or bowel) on the abdominal wall usually created by a surgeon.’
      • ‘Different strains infect different tissues and organs - lungs, guts, kidneys, livers, brains or reproductive systems.’
      • ‘In some the problem has a behavioural basis, whereas in others there may be subtle neuromuscular abnormalities of the gut.’
      • ‘The cells in the brain and in the gut have receptors that respond to nicotine.’
    2. 1.2Entrails that have been removed or exposed in violence or by a butcher.
      • ‘The locals told me that it's normal to see camels walking through the desert and their guts fall out because camel spiders eat their intestinal walls.’
      • ‘My father cut the shark open, removed the guts, cut the head off, and then preserved him in ice.’
      • ‘She watched him wrap his bloody arms around his stomach as if he was trying to hold in his guts.’
      • ‘A small hand reached from behind him, ripping his belly open, spilling out his guts.’
      • ‘The last one standing, who had one hand holding his own guts in, flickered and disappeared from existence.’
      • ‘In May, a processing plant in Carthage Missouri began turning turkey guts, feathers, blood and carcasses into an oil alternative.’
      • ‘Cut off the heads, remove the clear coloured backbone and remove the guts to leave a large opening at the head end.’
      • ‘Look at the power of Wallace; it's 700 years since his guts were dug from his belly and his extremities planted around the countryside, yet there goes the sword.’
      • ‘During slaughter some of the guts may spill onto meat.’
      • ‘Mother's guts had been literally ripped out from her stomach.’
      • ‘Removing the guts she placed them in a separate bag lined with snow to keep them fresh.’
      • ‘People were running and screaming bodies littered the floor some turned inside out with brains and guts littering the floor.’
      • ‘Jurgis arrives for work and is quickly trained to sweep up the guts and entrails of the slaughtered cattle, following behind the disemboweler.’
      • ‘I get to hunt Africa every year and without the steaks and the guts from the antelope, many African societies would have vanished already.’
      • ‘It feels like a cannon ball has just slammed into my stomach and my guts are all strewn over the place.’
      • ‘Imagine trying to remove the guts of a cow or chicken once every minute.’
      • ‘I was looking down at the butchered corpse of a man whose belly had been slashed and his guts spread for some distance along the ground.’
      • ‘Instinctively, my eyes roll back into my skull as I claw open the fish's belly, spilling its guts into the water.’
      • ‘I need to be taken back and have my guts put back in the stomach where nature intended them.’
      • ‘There are exploding blood packs, guts hanging out of soldiers and, that good old stylistic standby, the shift into slo-mo.’
    3. 1.3The internal parts or essence of something.
      ‘the guts of a modern computer’
      • ‘He turned the alarm over to see why it hadn't woken him up, and noticed that half of its electronic guts were strewn all over the floor.’
      • ‘Somebody is selling a music player whose guts have been swapped with the innards of what looks like a $2 miniature toy electric guitar.’
      • ‘A Tom Yum soup has its characteristic guts knocked out of it, a faint savour of lemon grass lending some edge to a bland coconut milk liquor bulked up with mushrooms and a few morsels of tasteless prawn.’
      • ‘When hybrid cars are given cheaper, more powerful electrical guts, their popularity will really take off.’
      • ‘Because of space issues, I was removing the PSU's guts and thus losing all the shielding provided by the metal chassis.’
      • ‘They are commuting into New Orleans, swabbing the mold off walls, ripping the guts out of buildings, removing mountains of soggy debris.’
      • ‘Like Jacques Brel before him, Elliott strips his songs of any superfluous attribute, only leaving them bare, exposing their guts, and his, for all to see.’
      • ‘Flex can now take a job start-to-finish, designing not only the electronic guts, but also the look and feel of products.’
      • ‘They look like the inner guts of extraterrestrial watches.’
      • ‘It took a foreign coach to unleash the real power from within the gut of England by summoning the courage to select about seven young, black, gifted patriots.’
      • ‘The guts of the phone had been removed and in its place there was a simple red button.’
      • ‘The car's front hood is off, exposing its iron guts - all of which are glistening with a thin coat of gasoline.’
      • ‘There are ten cables spilling out of a socket in the kitchen, white tubes that remind me of the guts of the robot in the Alien movie.’
  • 2informal Personal courage and determination; toughness of character.

    ‘she had both more brains and more guts than her husband’
    ‘you just haven't got the guts to admit it’
    • ‘It has taken character and guts, on and off the field, as well as some superlatively effective play.’
    • ‘It took a lot of guts and just sheer personal strength to be out in the streets like you've seen the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators over the last week.’
    • ‘Someone once wrote that there are only two things needed to win the American presidency: character and guts.’
    • ‘The difference is that Connell's characters usually lack the guts to act on their urges.’
    • ‘Their major concern was how a buyer should have the guts to determine the cost of a product instead of the seller, as is normally the case.’
    • ‘The difference between dreamers and achievers is grit, guts and spirit, which the former might lack but the latter have in abundance.’
    • ‘His guts and his courage got him there in the end.’
    • ‘They simply battle on, showing the kind of guts and determination some of their more illustrious opponents seem to lack.’
    • ‘‘It was a great team effort, but courage and guts only get you so far sometimes’.’
    • ‘And what guts it had to have taken to do what they did.’
    • ‘You know, it might have helped just a little bit if Paul and others like him had shown a bit more guts a couple of years ago.’
    • ‘It might take a lot of guts for the average person to swim alongside Sand Tiger sharks, which grow to an average length of nine foot and are known for being aggressive.’
    • ‘But Campbell's determination, courage and sheer guts save the book from dull unoriginality.’
    • ‘We needed lots of guts, determination and character to win the game - and we need to do that for the rest of the season.’
    • ‘But a second half full of passion, belief, guts and mental toughness saw the Knights fight back to win in another mesmerising finale.’
    • ‘He is proof that there are many young people with principles, guts and determination and it's time we started respecting them for it.’
    • ‘Yarnbury moved out of the bottom three as sheer guts, determination and spirit saw them through.’
    • ‘He also has the guts and strength of character to impress the others in the pitlane.’
    • ‘I didn't have a lot of courage or the guts to do something bad.’
    • ‘It was a big game, and we showed guts and character to win it.’
    courage, courageousness, bravery, valour, backbone, nerve, fortitude, pluck, pluckiness, mettle, mettlesomeness, spirit, boldness, audacity, daring, fearlessness, hardiness, toughness, forcefulness, determination, resolve, resolution
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    1. 2.1[often as modifier]Used in reference to a feeling or reaction based on an instinctive emotional response rather than considered thought.
      ‘I had a gut feeling that something was wrong’
      ‘trusting his gut instinct, he went ahead and made the call’
      ‘I could feel it in my guts—he was out there, watching me’
      • ‘Business decisions certainly involve mind games, not just gut feelings or pure intuition.’
      • ‘But you should develop the capacity to reflect on gut feelings rather than acting on them impulsively.’
      • ‘Secondly, Dr Wiseman discovered that people who appear to have good fortune tend to make effective decisions by acting on their intuition and gut feelings.’
      • ‘Well, I've been thinking about this as objectively as possible, but it's time to get down to gut feelings.’
      • ‘The question, though, is whether one's personal likes and dislikes, one's gut feelings, can honestly count as critical judgment.’
      • ‘The gut reaction was based on three arguments whose wisdom had been proved by long experience.’
      • ‘We commonly think of the intuition as a strong feeling, instinct, or gut reaction.’
      • ‘But, in the end, we must listen to gut instinct, be creative, and take risks.’
      • ‘Belina's editorial choices are based more on a gut level response than on theory.’
      • ‘The officer's intuitions, gut feelings and sixth sense about a situation are all disallowed.’
      • ‘I don't frankly like to base myself on instincts or gut feelings about this.’
      • ‘I don't know, but my hope and my gut feeling aren't the same.’
      • ‘At the same time, I saw clear signs that my gut feelings weren't that far off base.’
      • ‘The following figures are not from anything I have read but are simply gut feelings.’
      • ‘However, rather than accept that this totally destroys her argument she instead chooses to ignore it in favour of her gut feelings, and urges us to do likewise.’
      • ‘It will not be a gut reaction, but an informed decision based on the knowledge that what I want and what he wants are very different things.’
      • ‘Highly ritualized pictorial constructions, these elegant, stylish surfaces are to gut emotion as a boxing match is to a street fight.’
      • ‘These are just emotional and gut feelings that come to me off the top of my head.’
      • ‘Call it gut feeling or intuition, but I really think he's somewhere around there.’
      • ‘I don't think that their position, based on their gut reaction, is justifiable.’
  • 3Fiber made from the intestines of animals, used especially for violin or racket strings or for surgical use.

    [as modifier] ‘gut strings’
    • ‘It's like a pear-shaped instrument, the body is covered in skin, and the strings are made of gut.’
    • ‘There's no conductor; she directs them herself… and she's strung her Strad with gut, and plays it with a classical bow.’
    • ‘Overwound (overspun or wire-wound) strings have a core of gut, silk, nylon, or wire wrapped in metal wire or ribbon.’
    • ‘Tchaikovsky's strings were gut rather than metal and were played with little vibrato.’
    • ‘The instrument itself was made of wood, with gut or horsehair strings.’
  • 4A narrow passage or strait.

    • ‘After failing to catch New on Friday, Teddy Hall went for the kill on Saturday, coming to within a canvas as the crews approached the gut.’
    • ‘Various tours are available by speed boats that take you for the most spectacular views, even up the gut to laugh in the face of El Diablo.’
    • ‘McHale was trudging through the gut ahead of me at the side of the boat when he suddenly vanished at a spot marked only by the float of his hat.’
    • ‘Most bumps in the Rowing-On divisions took place below the gut, leaving spectators not much more to observe than the bizarre attire of various crews.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Take out the intestines and other internal organs of (a fish or other animal) before cooking it.

    • ‘He had finished gutting the rabbit and shoved the meat onto sticks, placing them into the flames.’
    • ‘Let the fishmonger scale, clean and gut the fish (I leave the head on).’
    • ‘Another friend fainted when we gutted the rabbits and found tapeworms.’
    • ‘I also give a detailed account of skinning and gutting a rabbit.’
    • ‘The fish were gutted and stuffed with a spoonful of herbs, or mustard, apple, or samphire.’
    • ‘To gut the fish, make a slit up the length of the belly under running water and cut off the fins with scissors.’
    • ‘Most people nowadays do not wring chickens' necks, pluck them, and cook them for dinner, or butcher their own pigs, or gut their own fish.’
    • ‘If they knew it was you who turned them in, they'd gut you like a fish.’
    • ‘A 12-ounce whole fish, gutted and steamed in two tablespoons of liquid, cooks in two minutes.’
    • ‘The deer is gutted where it lies, its innards checked for any sign of disease, before it is dragged back down the hill to the pick-up.’
    • ‘After getting a few fish each, they swam in the pond before they went back to the beach to clean and gut the fish and prepare them for dinner.’
    • ‘The other day I took a whole sea bass, cleaned and gutted by the fishmonger, and filled its belly with a pulp of lemon grass, ginger, peppercorns and coriander.’
    • ‘Whilst Ingrid cuts and guts the fish, the children go into the woods to collect nuts and berries, which are just coming into season.’
    • ‘Most importantly, he is also a very competent member of a trawler's crew, capable of gutting the fish fast enough to keep the packers happy.’
    • ‘The cow did have to be gutted and tested for mad cow disease, however.’
    • ‘While all the fish in a display case has been gutted, pan-ready fish have the fins and scales removed and have been thoroughly washed.’
    • ‘At street-side stalls that are sometimes nothing more than a bowl on the ground, fish are gutted and sold and vegetables haggled over.’
    • ‘Jeff went to work and the fish was bled, gutted, headed and on the ice within another five minutes.’
    • ‘Those who have gutted a deer or skinned a rabbit might have some idea of the extreme nature of what an edged weapon can do to flesh.’
    • ‘If I'd been a guy she would have gutted me like a fish.’
    disembowel, eviscerate, draw, dress, clean, remove the innards from, remove the guts from
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    1. 1.1Remove or destroy completely the internal parts of (a building or other structure)
      ‘the fire gutted most of the factory’
      • ‘The fire, the cause of which is currently unknown, has gutted a building housing the vast majority of the University's computer servers and networking equipment.’
      • ‘Forensic experts are still sifting through debris from the Newbridge Courthouse fire, which gutted the historic building last Thursday morning.’
      • ‘By this time, Mrs Hatley's old kitchen had been gutted ready for the replacement.’
      • ‘In February demolition work started, and the building was gutted, leaving just the shell.’
      • ‘The trend where church authorities spend large sums of money gutting old churches and destroying original features is also mentioned in critical terms.’
      • ‘In 1933, a massive fire gutted the Reichstag building in Germany.’
      • ‘Other buildings in the mill area have been gutted by fire in previous years.’
      • ‘The destruction was so complete that the structure had to be gutted and removed by hand and wheelbarrow, piece by piece.’
      • ‘In the old city, many homes had been gutted and destroyed.’
      • ‘A disused church hall next to Carshalton Library was gutted by fire in a suspected arson attack around 3.40 pm on Sunday.’
      • ‘Police said Mr Ruane's home was totally gutted in the fire.’
      • ‘A family of five are having to live in one hotel room after a fire gutted their home.’
      • ‘Up to 50 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus spent two hours bringing the fire that gutted the workshop under control.’
      • ‘Diners and workers were forced to flee a restaurant as a fire gutted the building in minutes.’
      • ‘In the early 1980s, fire gutted the structure leaving only the later wings roofed.’
      • ‘The cafe was gutted by a fire last week.’
      • ‘Despite the desperate efforts of the local inhabitants, the school building was totally gutted by the time the firefighters got to the scene.’
      • ‘The couple's ancient cottage was gutted by fire a year ago, but wrangles over insurance left them unable to rebuild it and as a result they have slipped into mortgage arrears.’
      • ‘The building was gutted, its roof destroyed, and nothing was salvageable from the ten stalls inside.’
      • ‘The sole occupant of the mobile home died in the blaze, and the mobile home was gutted before the fire brigade arrived.’
  • 2British informal Cause (someone) to feel extremely upset or disappointed.

    ‘it guts me to think about what my mother and brother missed out on’
    ‘she described the ruling as absolutely gutting’
    • ‘The thought of having to plead guilty - it's really gutting me.’
    • ‘I was in constant pain and had to cancel a trip I had planned, which was gutting.’
    • ‘It is gutting to hear that people will lose their jobs and I really hope that the situation can be resolved positively.’
    • ‘I know I can't ever play rugby again which is gutting, but my health comes first.’
    • ‘Arnold is absolutely gutted by the decision.’
    • ‘"It's absolutely gutting to lose a semi-final," he adds.’
    • ‘It was a gutting experience that led to six months off; and after that I had to go back to basics, really learn from scratch again.’
    • ‘To be overtaken in the final metres after dominating the race is obviously gutting.’
    • ‘I wouldn't say it broke my heart, but it absolutely gutted me.’
    • ‘It is still a fertile area to explore and the failure was at least interesting, but nonetheless slightly gutting.’
    • ‘And then the students move on and the staff move out, which must be gutting, given the alternative accommodation is a purpose-built campus in Hendon.’
    • ‘To have won the European title six times and not to be able to defend it this year is gutting.’
    • ‘The Elephant man just had me in floods of tears with the sad nobility of Merrick's death, whereas Menace's uber-bleak ending gutted me so much that I ended up choking back tears.’
    • ‘What has gutted me the most and has really upset me is it has taken me three years to build up the CD collection.’
    • ‘I think we exceeded what we expected to do out here but you go out there and you want to win and there is a gutting feeling when you lose.’
    • ‘We exceeded all our expectations in getting to the final, but it was gutting to finish as losers.’
    • ‘Something like this, it guts you, doesn't it?’’
    • ‘If Holly lost out now it would be gutting.’
    • ‘People take a lot of pride in their cars so to have the badge stolen is gutting.’
    • ‘It gutted me as a member of the goalkeepers' union when Barthez had that bad spell of three or four games but he's come back with some unbelievable saves.’
    dishearten, discourage, demoralize, cast down, make dejected, make downhearted, depress, dismay, disappoint, daunt, deter, unman, unnerve, crush, sap, shake, throw, cow, subdue, undermine
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Origin

Old English guttas (plural), probably related to gēotan pour.

Pronunciation:

gut

/ɡət/