from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Lacking courage or drive.
  • adj. Slang Lacking substance; weak or insignificant.

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  • adj. uncourageous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. lacking courage or vitality. Opposite of gutsy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking courage or vitality
  • adj. weak in willpower, courage or vitality


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  • In my opinion it's a very scrupulous review, and why Shafer would choose to characterize it as "fawning" and "gutless" is a mystery to me.

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  • Clueless and gutless is the tagline for this woefully inept administration and you betcha, I miss the dolt Bush.

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  • And how totally gutless is that he chooses as his podium the Rush Limpdick show, rather than risk the ire of a mainstream — (or sane) – audience?

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  • The much-maligned Marleau, who was called "gutless" by former teammate Jeremy Roenick after Game 5, gave the Sharks the breathing room they had been desperately seeking when he poked a rebound of Setoguchi's shot into an empty net behind Jimmy Howard to give San Jose a 3-1 lead.

  • If you want an example of long term gutless irresponsibility, consider that we've had since 1973 to get out from under petroleum.

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  • Way to go Warner, you've gone from potentially being remembered as a statesman to being forever known as a gutless craven weasel.

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  • The most pejorative of hockey insults - "gutless" - has already been uttered by Versus analyst Jeremy Roenick, deplored by cooler heads and eventually rendered inexact by its target: The San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau, after all, scored the goal that eliminated the Detroit Red Wings from the playoffs Thursday night.

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  • While Detroit's big stars stepped up, it was a disappointing night for San Jose's Joe Thornton and, in particular, Patrick Marleau, who had been called "gutless" on national television in the U.S. the previous day by former teammate Jeremy Roenick - Home Page

  • Stephen Neveaux was cited in September for cowardice and neglect of duty, fired by the NOPD and called gutless by some colleagues. Top News Stories

  • But I've also known that Afghanistan is the portion of the war liberals say they can stomach to insulate themselves from being identified as gutless pacifists.

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