Definition of gutsy in English:



  • 1Showing courage, determination, and spirit.

    ‘she gave a gutsy performance in the tennis tournament’
    • ‘Their story, combining heart-rending drama and gutsy determination, was a natural for the big screen.’
    • ‘Rob's strengths lay in absorbing the pressure and criticism, and in doing this well he more than proved himself courageous, gutsy and tough.’
    • ‘Lydia is such a gutsy and determined little girl, we are just glad to have been able to help her.’
    • ‘His one-under-par 70 was a gutsy performance given he was fighting against aching legs, a bad back and a wayward three wood which prompted waves of insecurity every time he pulled that club from his bag.’
    • ‘What the CDs cannot however capture, is the verve and the gutsy performance which is all part of the live gig.’
    • ‘As was the case with Carlow's performers last weekend, gutsy determination was in plentiful supply with participants giving their all in all competitions.’
    • ‘I suppose the best thing Wexford can hope for is to give a very gutsy performance.’
    • ‘The judges praised their research skills and their gutsy and determined reporting.’
    • ‘She is a person I would describe as having gutsy determination.’
    • ‘I knew him as a player, and he was very determined, gutsy and knew what he wanted.’
    • ‘They could do little else as they were facing a hammering and their gutsy performance in the last third of the match may have gone some way to mollifying the home support in the 6,000 crowd.’
    • ‘Still, for all his apparently gentle appeal on and off the course, Donald is a determined and gutsy competitor, one who appears to be more and more comfortable in the harshest of spotlights.’
    • ‘After losing to Argentina they did at least put in a gutsy performance against Australia in the rain.’
    • ‘Although both Oxford 2nd teams lost, the performances were gutsy and the pride of representing Oxford in this historic occasion shone through.’
    • ‘She is incredibly resourceful, managing at one point to kill two men while her legs are in a state of paralysis, and in possession of a gutsy determination which enables her to travel the world in search of the people on her death list.’
    • ‘To Jack, it was the great thing about the American spirit: That it was born of gutsy determination and, as with any good superhero, compassion for all.’
    • ‘Their gutsy performance was just what was needed to pull the crowd onto the floor.’
    • ‘Coming from the fringe of the electoral area, this was a gutsy performance by the Newport man who has had to fend off many heavy tackles in both his football and journalistic careers over the years.’
    • ‘His gutsy ten-inning pitching performance in that deciding game still stands out in Phillies' lore.’
    • ‘Her gutsy yet lustful performance made her one of the most adored actresses in Hong Kong and also brought critical acclaim.’
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    1. 1.1 (of food or drink) strongly flavorsome.
      ‘a smooth Bordeaux that is gutsy enough to accompany steak’
      • ‘It has all the gutsy flavours you would want in a meal for such an occasion and a great way to feed a crowd who are more interested in watching the box!’
      • ‘Being in Italy, the students have an opportunity to get a real feel and vibe for gutsy food!’
      • ‘It's firm, white flesh is so meaty it works well with strong, gutsy flavours and is ideal for stews and salads.’
      • ‘And beer is an entirely credible ingredient for the kinds of gutsy, hearty dishes that are traditional accompaniments to football viewing.’
      • ‘Offering a wide variety of flexible, unpretentious, gutsy food with modest bills, it's affordable and fun.’
      • ‘This consisted of potato and chive cake with mushroom, egg and a gutsy tomato relish served with toast and tea for €6.’
      • ‘Everything that you can eat or drink here is from the same little terroir - the gutsy Cahors wine, the tender magret de canard with pommes sarladaises, even our old friends the boudins aux chataignes.’
      • ‘The soft fish was well contrasted with marinated, crunchy green beans, dried tomato and baby spinach in a gutsy dressing.’
      • ‘Very smooth and drinkable on its own, but its rich damson and blackcurrant flavours make it ideal with gutsy food.’
      • ‘It is medium bodied but with gutsy cherry and redcurrant flavours.’
      • ‘After all, if you're venturing into the wilds for a picnic, the food should be suitably gutsy and bursting with flavour.’
      • ‘Roasted vegetables such as tomatoes, leeks, aubergines, and onions, with garlic and olive oil, then pounded them together to make a delicious, gutsy pasta sauce?’
      • ‘Notes of blackcurrant leaves, vanilla and spice sit on top of a spiky acidity that, while it could break up rich sauces and complement gutsy food, on its own is hard to tolerate on the finish.’
      • ‘It offers a wide variety of food, some of which is gutsy but all of which is great quality.’
      • ‘Its organic status gave it the gutsy real flavours that chemicals never can.’
      • ‘Both were packed with gutsy flavour but while my partner pronounced himself well-pleased with his choice, my soup could have done with being a little hotter than lukewarm.’
      • ‘More memorable, however, is the gutsy food, cooked to order and served at a relaxed pace.’
      • ‘The food is gutsy and unpretentious, and recipes such as squid stuffed with raisins and pine kernels, or polenta and Seville orange cake, certainly do it for me.’
      • ‘Tapas bars are proliferating because they serve up a wide variety of flexible, unpretentious, gutsy food and modest bills.’
      • ‘The very best have multi-layered complexity and can complement many dishes, ranging from fishy starters and gutsy main courses to sweet, creamy desserts.’