Meaning of GUTTER in English


I. gut ‧ ter 1 /ˈɡʌtə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: goutiere , from goute 'drop' ; ⇨ ↑ gout ]

1 . [countable] the low part at the edge of a road where water collects and flows away:

The gutters were blocked and overflowing.

2 .

[countable] an open pipe fixed to the edge of a roof to collect and carry away rainwater

3 . the gutter the bad social conditions of the lowest and poorest level of society:

Men like him usually ended up in jail – or the gutter.

4 . the gutter press British English the newspapers that print shocking stories about people’s personal lives – used to show disapproval ⇨ tabloid

II. gutter 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

literary if a ↑ candle gutters, it burns with an unsteady flame

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.