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[in-erdz] /ˈɪn ərdz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
the internal parts of the body; entrails or viscera.
the internal mechanism, parts, structure, etc., of something; the interior of something:
an engine's innards.
Origin of innards
1815-25; variant of inwards, noun use of inward Unabridged
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  • It was that nasty suffocating stuff that knocked all the heart out of a man, getting at his innards and stopping his clock.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • That's a better bandobust than baynit get it in your innards.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • So saying, he let the grateful sunlight into the Dromedary's innards.

    Humour of the North Lawrence J. Burpee
  • Why didn't you take their feathers off and clean out their innards?

  • The old man's done for, this time, ez I allow—spang in the innards.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for innards


plural noun (informal)
the internal organs of the body, esp the viscera
the interior parts or components of anything, esp the working parts
Word Origin
C19: colloquial variant of inwards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for innards

1825, innerds, dialectal variant of inwards "the bowels" (c.1300); see inward.

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



  1. The viscera; guts, insides, kishkes: got a feeling in my innards it won't work (1825+)
  2. The inner parts or workings; insides: Let's look at the innards of this gizmo and see what's going on (1921+)
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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