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[guht-see] /ˈgʌt si/
adjective, gutsier, gutsiest. Informal.
having a great deal of courage or nerve:
a gutsy lampooner of the administration.
robust, vigorous, or earthy; lusty:
gutsy writing; a gutsy red wine.
Origin of gutsy
1890-95; guts + -y1; cf. -sy
Related forms
gutsiness, noun Unabridged
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  • gutsy move, since you exited the stage two minutes later.
British Dictionary definitions for gutsy


adjective (slang) gutsier, gutsiest
gluttonous; greedy
full of courage, determination, or boldness
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Word Origin and History for gutsy

"tough, plucky," 1936, from guts + -y (2). Earlier it meant "greedy" (1803).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gutsy


  1. Brave: a gutsy lady
  2. Energetic and tough; zingy: a gutsy car (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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