gutted

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Adjective[edit]

gutted (comparative more gutted, superlative most gutted)

  1. (not comparable) eviscerated
    • 1829: Thomas Curtis (ed), The London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana
      The exports, on the whole, in 1815, exceeded those of 1816; but the gutted herrings exported in the latter year exceeded those of the former by 12606½ barrels
    • 2006: John Durand, Behind Enemy Lines: A Memoir
      He was leaning forward, head down, taking one deliberate step after another, both arms behind, dragging his gutted buck by its barely forked antlers.
  2. With the most important parts destroyed (often by fire), removed or rendered useless.
    • 1786: Hannah More, Florio read in The Works of Hannah More, in Four Volumes: Including Several Pieces Never Before Published, Vol. I. (1803)
      (referring to the practice of newspapers removing all intermediate vowels from the names of people about whom they were making potentially libelous statements, as eg Fl-r-o, compare 1714 cite of past participle, below) For he to keep him from the vapours, /Subscribed at Hookham's, saw the papers; /Was deep in poet's-corner wit; /Knew what was in italics writ; /Explain'd fictitious names at will, /Each gutted syllable cou'd fill; /There oft, in paragraphs, his name /Gave symptom sweet of growing fame.
    • 1841: "An intelligent gentleman of Berwick" quoted in Charles Ellms, The Tragedy of the Seas; Or, Sorrow on the Ocean, Lake, and River, from Shipwreck, Plague, Fire and Famine
      We have this day paid a visit to the wreck, which is lying in much the same state that it was, only somewhat more gutted by the occasional dashing of the billows amongst its timber and planks.
    • 1998: Dorothy U. Seyler, Read, Reason, Write
      The markets will be more gutted than usual.
    • 2006: John W. Quist, An Occasionally Dry State Surrounded by Water: Temperance and Prohibition in Antebellum Michigan read in Paul Finkelman, Martin Hershock (eds), History of Michigan Law
      Recognizing by late April that the new law was gutted beyond repair, the Michigan State Temperance Society urged prohibitionists to interrogate every every political candidate on this issue and to vote only for those who would "publicly pledge" to support "the passage and enforcement of [another] law".
  3. (chiefly archaic) Having a gut or guts.
    • 1704: Jonathan Swift, A Full and True Account of the Battle Fought last Friday Between the Antient and the Modern Books in St James's Library read in John Hawkesworth The Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin, accurately revised In Twelve Volumes, Adorned with Copper-Plates; with Some Account of the Author's Life, and Notes Historical and Explanatory (1755)
      Having spoke thus, she took the ugliest of her monsters, full gutted from her spleen, and flung it invisibly into his mouth, which, flying straight up into his head, squeezed out his eye-balls, gave him a distorted look, and half overturned his brain.
    • 2006: Karra Porter, Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women's Professional Basketball League, 1978-1981
      He could tell she wanted to cry. "We've made a pact that we are going to try to get into men's basketball, and we're not going to do any of this crying stuff," he reminded her, and she gutted it out.
    • 2006: Duane K. Maddy,
      "Uh, I'm having a problem " mumbled the soggy-gutted bear as he suddenly found himself wedged between two large Austrian women.
  4. (slang) deeply disappointed
    • 1986: Keith William Nolan, Into Laos: Dewey Canyon II/Lam Son 719 ; Vietnam 1971
      The whole platoon had felt gutted, an attitude rarely reflected in press reporters.
    • 2001: Terry Eagleton, Figures of Dissent: Critical Essays on Fish, Spivak, Zizek and Others
      Throughout the book he runs the whole gamut of emotion from ‘chuffed' to ‘gutted', while being on the whole (surprisingly, for a fabulously gifted millionaire) more gutted than chuffed, and he cheerfully confesses to a short temper.
    • 2004: "Bobbins", quoted in Justine Roberts, Mums on Pregnancy: Trade Secrets from the Real Experts
      The thing I was most gutted about was that I had planned to finish knitting a patchwork cot blanket. It never did get finished.
    • 2006: Paul Mitch, Life on the Rock and Roll: Dole
      So there I was feeling totally gutted by the whole ghastly business.

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Verb[edit]

gutted

  1. simple past tense and past participle of gut
    eviscerated
    • 1824: Charles Swan, Tale I. Of the Wonderful Dispensations of Providence, and of the Rise of Pope Gregory in Gesta Romanorum, Or, Entertaining Moral Stories: Invented by the monks as a fire-side recreation; and commonly applied in their discourses from the pulpit: whence the most celebrated of our own poets and others, from the earliest times, have extracted their plots. Translated from the Latin with Preliminary Observations and Copious Notes, in Two Volumes. Vol. II.
      It happened that on the same day, a number of fishes were caught; and as he gutted one of them, he found the keys which seventeen years before he had cast into the sea.
    • 2006: Emma Christopher, Slave Ship Sailors and Their Captive Cargoes, 1730-1807
      A small incident noted by another unnamed diarist writes of an African coming to him as he gutted fish to make an impromptu trade of the fish for a coconut.
    destroyed
    • 1818: W. M. (William Marshall) Craig, Memoir of Her Majesty Sophia Charlotte, of Mecklenburg Strelitz, Queen of Great Britain, &c. &c. &c. shewing From faithful Representations and authentic Documents, that excellent lady to have been always as eminent for her virtues and accomplishments, as illustrious by her birth and high station...[full title stretches to 105 words in spite of the &cs]
      The mob collected in the neighbourhood of Moorfields, and attacked the School House, as well as some dwellings, belonging to Papists; which they completely gutted, burning even the floors and timber of the apartments.
    • 2006: Stephen Edward Cresswell, Rednecks, Redeemers, And Race: Mississippi After Reconstruction, 1877-1917
      Many believed this provision gutted the new law, as Lowry appointed three very conservative men to the body.
  2. Past participle of to gut
    eviscerated
    • 1767: Henry Brooke, The Fool of Quality: Or, The History of Henry, Earl of Moreland
      During this confabulation, the whole house, drawers and all, was gutted as clean as a fowl for supper.
    • 1801: John Coakley Lettsom, Hints Designed to Promote Beneficence, Temperance, & Medical Science, Vol 1
      (of slightly salted herrings) Let them be gutted, washed, and soaked, in cold water for an hour, then put them into the boiler in cold water.
    • 2006: Neal Lineback, Charley Craft: The Life and Times of a North Carolinian Turned Oklahoma Homesteader, 1872-1934
      The chicken would be gutted, a process that usually took place in the barnyard.
    destroyed
    • 1714: Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 567: On Innuendos, Paper I. read in Anna Letitia Barbauld, Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, Selections from the Spectator, Tatler, Guardian, and Freeholder: With a Preliminary Essay: in three volumes: Vol. II. (1804)
      This way of writing was first of all introduced by T—m Br—wn, of facetious memory, who, after having gutted a proper name of all its intermediate vowels, used to plant it in his works, and make as free with it as he pleased, without any danger of the statute.
    • 1751: Thomas Gordon, Richard Barron, A Cordial for Low Spirits, Being a Collection of Valuable Tracts by the Late Thomas Gordon Esq; The Second Edition, Vol 1
      For, not to mention that the Town would infallibly have been plundered, had not the Inhabitants gutted their Houses when they run away, it is certain that we have vanquished several great Guns, and brought them away Captives.
    • 2006: Robert F. (EDT) Williams, State Constitutions for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: The Politics of State Constitutional Reform
      Sponsoring groups employed the constitutional initiative only after their proposals were twice blocked by gubernatorial vetoes and their successful statutory initiative was gutted by subsequent legislation.
    upset
    • 1987: Susan Carroll, Winterbourne
      He was as gutted and empty as the ruined walls whose shadows loomed over him in the fleeting light of day.
    • 2006: Marina Nicholas, Mohammed Taranissi, 3 steps to fertility: The Infertile Couple's Guide to Maximising Their Ability to Conceive
      In order to progress, we need to wait until the next period! I'm gutted! Been given some tablets to help accelerate this and should get it within 7-10 days.

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