Definition of “gut” - English Dictionary

“gut” in British English

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uk /ɡʌt/ us /ɡʌt/

gut noun (BOWELS)

[ C ] the long tube in the body of a person or animal, through which food moves during the process of digesting food:

Meat stays in the gut longer than vegetable matter.

[ C ] informal a person's stomach when it is extremely large:

He's got a huge beer gut (= large stomach caused by drinking beer).
guts C2 [ plural ]


My guts hurt.
He got a knife in the guts.

[ U ] a strong thread made from an animal's bowels used, especially in the past, for making musical instruments and sports rackets

gut noun (FEELING)

gut feeling/reaction informal

a strong belief about someone or something that cannot completely be explained and does not have to be decided by reasoning:

I have a gut feeling that the relationship won't last.
sb's gut informal

a way of deciding what should be done or what is right, that is based on how someone feels rather than thinking about reasons:

My head said that I should go but my gut said I should stay.
I went with my gut and chose Sarah to lead the team.

gutverb [ T ]

uk /ɡʌt/ us /ɡʌt/ -tt-

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

“gut” in American English

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gutnoun [ C/U ]

us /ɡʌt/

gut noun [ C/U ] (STOMACH)

the bowels or the stomach:

[ U ] I had a feeling of sickness deep in the gut.

Your gut is also the front part of your body near the waist:

[ C usually sing ] He’d added a few extra pounds to his gut.

The guts of a machine are its inner, necessary parts:

[ pl ] The front panel was attached to the guts of the unit by three color-coded wires.

gutadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɡʌt/

gut adjective [ not gradable ] (FEELING)

coming from or having to do with your emotions, not from thought:

My gut reaction is we’d better not get involved.

gutverb [ T ]

us /ɡʌt/ -tt-

gut verb [ T ] (DESTROY)

to destroy or remove the inside parts of a building:

The warehouse was gutted – only the charred walls remained.

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