gutter meaning

[ 'gʌtə ] Pronunciation:   "gutter" in a sentence
Noun: gutter  gútu(r)
  1. A channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater
    - trough 
  2. Misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
    "his career was in the gutter"
    - sewer, toilet 
  3. A worker who guts things (fish or buildings or cars etc.) 
  4. A tool for gutting fish
Verb: gutter  gútu(r)
  1. Burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker
    "The cooling lava continued to gutter toward lower ground" 
  2. Flow in small streams
    "Tears guttered down her face" 
  3. Wear or cut gutters into
    "The heavy rain guttered the soil" 
  4. Provide with gutters
    "gutter the buildings"

Derived forms: guttered, guttering, gutters

See also: gut

Type of: bad luck, burn, cater, channel, course, dig into, feed, flow, glow, hand tool, ill luck, misfortune, ply, poke into, probe, provide, run, supply, tough luck, worker

Part of: gable roof, saddle roof, saddleback, saddleback roof

Encyclopedia: Gutter


A shallow channel of metal or wood set immediately below and along the eaves of a building to catch and carry off rainwater from the roof. Also see box gutter, concealed gutter, flying gutter, standing gutter, sunk gutter, through gutter. Also called eaves gutter, eaves trough, roof gutter.


In electrical wiring, the space provided at the sides, top, or bottom within an electric panel or switchboard to permit the installation of feeder and branch wiring conductors.

gutter, 1

n : a depressed furrow between body parts (as on the surface between a pair of adjacent ribs or in the dorsal wall of the body cavity on either side of the spinal column)


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  1. there is neither mud nor water in the gutters.
  2. they were born, they grew up in the gutters.
  3. his feet hit the gutter.
  4. the gutters were choked with filth.
  5. water was running in the gutter.

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