1. A prepared channel in a surface, especially at the side of a road adjacent to a curb, intended for the drainage of water.
  2. A ditch along the side of a road.
  3. A duct or channel beneath the eaves of a building to carry rain water; eavestrough.
    The gutters must be cleared of leaves a few times a year.
  4. A groove down the sides of a bowling lane.
  5. A large groove (commonly behind animals) in a barn used for the collection and removal of animal excrement.
  6. Any narrow channel or groove, such as one formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing.
  7. A space between printed columns of text.
  8. An unprinted space between rows of stamps.
  9. A drainage channel.
  10. The part of a street meant for vehicles.
  11. The notional locus of things, acts, or events which are distasteful, ill bred or morally questionable.
  12. A low, vulgar state.
    Get your mind out of the gutter.
    What kind of gutter language is that? I ought to wash your mouth out with soap.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. One who or that which guts.


  1. To flow or stream; to form gutters.
  2. To melt away or fail from becoming channeled on one side.
  3. To flicker as if about to be extinguished.
  4. To send (a bowling ball) into the gutter, not hitting any pins.
  5. To supply with a gutter or gutters.
  6. To cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel.


  1. Suitable for the gutter; vulgar, disreputable.

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