Definitions of gutter

  1. burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker; " The cooling lava continued to gutter toward lower ground"
  2. provide with gutters, of buildings
  3. wear or cut gutters into; " The heavy rain guttered the soil"
  4. flow in small streams; " Tears guttered down her face"
  5. a tool for gutting fish
  6. a worker who guts things ( fish or buildings or cars etc.)
  7. misfortune resulting in lost effort or money; " his career was in the gutter"; " all that work went down the sewer"; " pensions are in the toilet"
  8. provide with gutters; " gutter the buildings"
  9. A channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away the rain; an eaves channel; an eaves trough.
  10. A small channel at the roadside or elsewhere, to lead off surface water.
  11. Any narrow channel or groove; as, a gutter formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing.
  12. To cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel.
  13. To supply with a gutter or gutters.
  14. To become channeled, as a candle when the flame flares in the wind.
  15. A channel for carrying away water.
  16. To cut into small channels; furnish with narrow channels for carrying off water.
  17. To divide into channels.
  18. A channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away the drops: a channel for water.
  19. To cut or form into small hollows.
  20. To become hollowed: to run down in drops, as a candle.
  21. Channel for water; groove.
  22. To make gutters in.
  23. To form a channel in; become channeled.
  24. A channel to carry off rain water, as along the eaves of a house or at the side of a road; a trench; trough.
  25. A channel for conveying away water.
  26. To cut into small hollows.
  27. To be hollowed or channelled; to run in drops, as a candle.
  28. A channel or hollow for conveying water; any hollow piece of wood or metal for conveying waste water.
  29. To form into small hollows or channels.

Usage examples for gutter

  1. What wonder that the decent clothes to which they looked forward turned out to be the uniform of the organization which had picked them up from the gutter! – The Social Work of the Salvation Army by Edwin Gifford Lamb
  2. He had a short rope ladder fixed from the gutter! – The Quest of the Sacred Slipper by Sax Rohmer
  3. I've worked ten to twelve hours a day since I was thirteen, and paid my way all through; and now am I to be thrown into the gutter and my job given to a young man that can do it no better than me because I've black hair that goes white at the first change? – Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
  4. Stooping, he ladled up in his cupped hand a quantity of gutter filth. – The Unspeakable Perk by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  5. Oh, it's a fine life, the life of the gutter. – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  6. The sky overhead was wonderfully soft and blue; the air was filled with sunlight, fragrant with the perfume of barrows of lilac drawn up in the gutter. – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  7. You see how much he wants it for himself, said I. He knows I would sooner send a gutter- boy than Max. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  8. No one goes into the gutter while there is a clean path open. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  9. " Good nerve," said the Gutter Pup. – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger
  10. " Come across and have a look at the place," said George Cannon, suddenly stepping down into the gutter, with a look first in one direction and then in the other for threatening traffic. – Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett
  11. I noticed just in front of me one large bunch which had slipped off a neighbouring mound and was almost bathing in the gutter. – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
  12. I am going to have money, if I fish it out of the gutter, to take him away to some clean, far- off place. – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  13. The results are in no case of great importance, but the opportunities to the Secretary of learning men and things, intrigue and policy, the Court and the gutter were invaluable. – Machiavelli, Volume I The Art of War; and The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
  14. Grace helped them out, and they ran along the gutter to the last house without saying " Thank you." – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  15. He gathered his strength together, shut his eyes, and made a vigorous spring: one hand caught a firm gripe, and, after a sharp struggle, the other gained it; then he drew himself slowly up, and lay down in the gutter of the roof to gather breath and look about him. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  16. But by- and- by I came to like the gutter, and here I am. – The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont by Robert Barr
  17. Children run over daily because they have no playground but the gutter. – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  18. He had nearly reached his objective point when he met upon the street a young white lady, whom he did not know, and for whom, the path being narrow at that point, he stepped out into the gutter. – The House Behind the Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt