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date: 30 November 2021

gut [OE] 

Source:
Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins
Author(s):

Julia Cresswell

Gut is probably related to Old English gēotan ‘to pour’. Guts was used commonly for ‘stomach, bowels’; it became more informal and also came to mean ‘force of character, courage’ from the late 19th century. The notion of ‘basic’ as in ... ...

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