Meaning of GUTTER in English


/ ˈgʌtə(r); NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ C ] a long curved channel made of metal or plastic that is fixed under the edge of a roof to carry away the water when it rains :

a blocked / leaking gutter

—picture at house


[ C ] a channel at the edge of a road where water collects and is carried away to drains


the gutter [ sing. ] the bad social conditions or low moral standards sometimes connected with the lowest level of society :

She rose from the gutter to become a great star.

the language of the gutter (= used when swearing)

■ verb

[ v ] ( literary ) ( of a flame or candle ) to burn in an unsteady way



Middle English : from Old French gotiere , from Latin gutta a drop; the verb dates from late Middle English , originally meaning cut grooves in and later (early 18th cent.) used of a candle which melts rapidly because it has become channelled on one side.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.