What does gutter mean?

Definitions for gutter
ˈgʌt ərgut·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gutter, troughnoun

    a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater

  2. gutter, sewer, toiletnoun

    misfortune resulting in lost effort or money

    "his career was in the gutter"; "all that work went down the sewer"; "pensions are in the toilet"

  3. gutternoun

    a worker who guts things (fish or buildings or cars etc.)

  4. gutterverb

    a tool for gutting fish

  5. gutterverb

    burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker

    "The cooling lava continued to gutter toward lower ground"

  6. gutterverb

    flow in small streams

    "Tears guttered down her face"

  7. gutterverb

    wear or cut gutters into

    "The heavy rain guttered the soil"

  8. gutterverb

    provide with gutters

    "gutter the buildings"


  1. Gutternoun

    (Bowling) Either of two sunken channels at either side of the bowling alley, leading directly to the sunken pit behind the pins. Balls not thrown accurately at the pins will drop into such a channel bypassing the pins, and resulting in a score of zero for that bowl.


  1. gutternoun

    A ditch along the side of a road.

  2. gutternoun

    A duct or channel beneath the eaves of a building to carry rain water; eavestrough.

  3. gutternoun

    A grooves down the sides of a bowling lane.

  4. gutternoun

    A large groove (commonly behind animals) in a barn used for the collection and removal of animal excrement.

  5. gutternoun

    A space between printed columns of text.

  6. gutternoun

    Something distasteful or morally questionable.

  7. gutternoun

    A drainage channel

  8. gutternoun

    an unprinted space between rows of stamps.

  9. gutternoun

    The part of a street meant for vehicles.

  10. gutterverb

    to flow or stream; to form gutters

  11. gutterverb

    to melt away or fail from becoming channeled on one side

  12. gutterverb

    to flicker as if about to be extinguished

  13. gutteradjective

    suitable for the gutter; vulgar, disreputable

  14. Etymology: gotere, from goutiere (French gouttière), ultimately from gutta

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gutternoun

    A passage for water.

    Etymology: from guttur, a throat, Latin.

    These gutter tiles are in length ten inches and a half. Joseph Moxon.

    Rocks rise one above another, and have deep gutters worn in the sides of them by torrents of rain. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  2. To Gutterverb

    To cut in small hollows.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Tempests themselves, high seas, and howling winds,
    The gutter’d rocks, and congregated sands,
    Traitors ensteep’d to clog the guiltless keel,
    As having sense of beauty, do omit
    Their mortal natures, letting safe go by
    The divine Desdemona. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    My cheeks are gutter’d with my fretting tears. George Sandys.

    First in a place, by nature close, they build
    A narrow flooring, gutter’d, wall’d, and til’d. Dryden.

    The gutter’d rocks, and mazy-running clefts. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gutternoun

    a channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away the rain; an eaves channel; an eaves trough

  2. Gutternoun

    a small channel at the roadside or elsewhere, to lead off surface water

  3. Gutternoun

    any narrow channel or groove; as, a gutter formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing

  4. Gutterverb

    to cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel

  5. Gutterverb

    to supply with a gutter or gutters

  6. Gutterverb

    to become channeled, as a candle when the flame flares in the wind

  7. Etymology: [OE. gotere, OF. goutiere, F. gouttire, fr. OF. gote, goute, drop, F. goutte, fr. L. gutta.]


  1. Gutter

    The philatelic use of the word gutter is the space left between postage stamps which allows them to be separated or perforated. When stamps are printed on large sheets of paper that will be guillotined into smaller sheets along the gutter it will not exist on the finished sheet of stamps. Some sheets are specifically designed where two panes of stamps are separated by a gutter still in the finished sheet and gutters may, or may not, have some printing in the gutter. Since perforation of a particular width of stamps is normal, the gutter between the stamps is often the same size as the postage stamp. Several derivative terms exist: Gutter pairs are two stamps separated by a gutter. Gutter block is a block of at least four stamps where either the vertical or horizontal pairs, or both, are separated by a gutter. Gutter margin is a margin dividing a sheet of stamps into separate panes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gutter

    gut′ėr, n. a channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away water: a channel for water: (print.) one of a number of pieces of wood or metal, grooved in the centre, used to separate the pages of type in a form: (pl.) mud, dirt (Scot.).—v.t. to cut or form into small hollows.—v.i. to become hollowed: to run down in drops, as a candle.—ns. Gutt′er-blood, a low-born person; Gutt′er-snipe, a neglected child, a street Arab.—adj. Guttif′erous, exuding gum or resin. [O. Fr. goutieregoute—L. gutta, a drop.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. gutter

    The Lourdes of the puritanical mind, where it finds what it seeks.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A school in which we may study the dregs of humanity or read the reflection of the stars. There's many a slip twixt the toe and the heel. H Where there's a will there's a lawsuit. HAIR-DRESSER A linguist whose position in life enables him to do his head-work with his hands.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. gutter

    [Anglo-Saxon géotan, to pour out or shed]. A ditch, sluice, or gote.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gutter in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gutter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of gutter in a Sentence

  1. Matt Langston:

    Susan's opponents are desperate and resorting to disgusting gutter politics because they know she's the frontrunner, i'm looking forward to someone going to jail over these robocalls, but that's a Sunday problem. On Saturday, we win.

  2. John Sandweg:

    By driving ICE into this political gutter, you destroy its reputation.

  3. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    You played clips of the Democrats slamming Republican nominees, going personal, going into the gutter, going after their character, if you look at the hearing the last two days, the questions that Republicans focused on were her record and in particular, her judicial record.

  5. Beau Biden:

    Presidents of the United States should be presidential and should lead by example, as well as make clear exactly where they stand, getting down in the gutter like the President does, saying things that I'd be inclined if we were behind a barn somewhere, would be a different thing. But that's not the job of a president.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. lank
    • C. lacerate
    • D. usurious

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