Definition of gutter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gutter

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈɡʌtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌtər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gutter
BrE BrE//ˈɡʌtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌtər//
 
he / she / it gutters
BrE BrE//ˈɡʌtəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌtərz//
 
past simple guttered
BrE BrE//ˈɡʌtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌtərd//
 
past participle guttered
BrE BrE//ˈɡʌtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌtərd//
 
-ing form guttering
BrE BrE//ˈɡʌtərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌtərɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] (literary) (of a flame or candle) to burn in an unsteady way The candle guttered in the wind. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French gotiere, from Latin gutta ‘a drop’; the verb dates from late Middle English, originally meaning ‘cut grooves in’ and later (early 18th cent.) used of a candle which melts rapidly because it has become channelled on one side.
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