• (British) IPA: /ˈɡʌt.ə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɡʌt.ɚ/, /ˈɡʌt̬.ɚ/

gutter (plural gutters)

  1. A prepared channel in a surface, especially at the side of a road adjacent to a curb, intended for the drainage of water.
  2. A ditch along the side of a road.
  3. A duct or channel beneath the eaves of a building to carry rain water; eavestrough.
    The gutters must be cleared of leaves a few times a year.
  4. (bowling) A groove down the sides of a bowling lane.
  5. A large groove (commonly behind animals) in a barn used for the collection and removal of animal excrement.
  6. Any narrow channel or groove, such as one formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing.
  7. (typography) A space between printed columns of text.
  8. (printing) One of a number of pieces of wood or metal, grooved in the centre, used to separate the pages of type in a form.
  9. (philately) An unprinted space between rows of stamps.
  10. (British) A drainage channel.
  11. The notional locus of things, acts, or events which are distasteful, ill bred or morally questionable.
  12. (figuratively) A low, vulgar state.
    Get your mind out of the gutter.
    What kind of gutter language is that? I ought to wash your mouth out with soap.
  13. (comics) The spaces between comic book panels
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  • French: dalot
  • Portuguese: canaleta
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  • German: Spaltenabstand
  • Italian: interstizio
  • Spanish: medianil
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gutter (gutters, present participle guttering; past and past participle guttered)

  1. To flow or stream; to form gutters. [from late 14th c.]
  2. (of a candle) To melt away by having the molten wax run down along the side of the candle. [from early 18th c.]
  3. (of a small flame) To flicker as if about to be extinguished.
  4. (transitive) To send (a bowling ball) into the gutter, not hitting any pins.
  5. (transitive) To supply with a gutter or gutters.
  6. (transitive) To cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel.
  • German: ausspülen

gutter (plural gutters)

  1. One who or that which guts.
    • 1921, Bernie Babcock, The Coming of the King (page 151)
      A Galilean Rabbi? When did this Province of diggers in dirt and gutters of fish send forth Rabbis? Thou makest a jest.
    • 2013, Don Keith, ‎Shelley Stewart, Mattie C.'s Boy: The Shelley Stewart Story (page 34)
      An old, rusty coat hanger made a rudimentary fish-gutter.

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