Meaning of “gutter” in the English Dictionary

"gutter" in British English

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uk /ˈɡʌt.ər/ us /ˈɡʌt̬.ɚ/

gutter noun (CHANNEL)

[ C ] the edge of a road where rain flows away

[ C ] an open pipe, usually at the lower edge of a roof, that collects and carries away rain

gutter noun (SOCIAL LEVEL)

the gutter [ S ]

the lowest level, especially of society:

Born to a poverty-stricken family, she dragged herself out of the gutter to become a successful business owner.

gutterverb [ I ]

uk /ˈɡʌt.ər/ us /ˈɡʌt̬.ɚ/ literary

(Definition of “gutter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈɡʌt̬·ər/

gutter noun (CHANNEL)

[ C ] a channel at the lower edge of a roof for carrying away rain, or a side of a road that is lower than the center of the road, where water and garbage collects:

Every fall we have to clean leaves out of the gutters.

gutter noun (BAD MORALITY)

[ U ] a condition of very low moral standards:

The campaign went right into the gutter once the candidates started debating.

[ U ] Gutter talk is offensive language.

(Definition of “gutter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)