The bowels; entrails; viscera.
Slang Innermost emotional or visceral response: She felt in her gut that he was guilty.
Slang The essential components or inner working parts: "The best part of a good car . . . is its guts” ( Leigh Allison Wilson).
Slang Courage; fortitude.
Slang Nerve; audacity.
Slang A gut course.
A thin, tough cord made from the intestines of animals, usually sheep, used as strings for musical instruments or as surgical sutures.
A narrow passage or channel.
Fibrous material taken from the silk gland of a silkworm before it spins a cocoon, used for fishing tackle.
To remove the intestines or entrails of; eviscerate.
To extract essential or major parts of: gut a manuscript.
To destroy the interior of: Fire gutted the house.
To reduce or destroy the effectiveness of: A stipulation added at the last minute gutted the ordinance.
Slang Arousing or involving basic emotions; visceral: "Conservationism is a gut issue in the West” ( Saturday Review).
gut it out Slang To show pluck and perseverance in the face of opposition or adversity.