Meaning of GUTTER in English


I. ˈgə-tər noun

Etymology: Middle English goter, from Anglo-French gutere, goter, from gute drop, from Latin gutta

Date: 14th century


a. : a trough along the eaves to catch and carry off rainwater

b. : a low area (as at the edge of a street) to carry off surface water (as to a sewer)

c. : a trough or groove to catch and direct something

the gutter s of a bowling alley

2. : a white space formed by the adjoining inside margins of two facing pages (as of a book)

3. : the lowest or most vulgar level or condition of human life

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to cut or wear gutters in

2. : to provide with a gutter

intransitive verb


a. : to flow in rivulets

b. of a candle : to melt away through a channel out of the side of the cup hollowed out by the burning wick

2. : to incline downward in a draft

the candle flame gutter ing

III. adjective

Date: 15th century

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the gutter ; especially : marked by extreme vulgarity, cheapness, or indecency

gutter politics

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