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



    BrE BrE//ˈɡʌtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌtər//
    Features of roads
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  1. 1[countable] a long curved channel made of metal or plastic that is fixed under the edge of a roof to carry away the water when it rains a blocked/leaking gutter
  2. 2[countable] a channel at the edge of a road where water collects and is carried away to drains I stepped off the pavement and walked in the gutter. See related entries: Features of roads
  3. 3the gutter [singular] the bad social conditions or low moral standards sometimes connected with the lowest level of society She rose from the gutter to become a great star. the language of the gutter (= using swear words)
  4. Word OriginMiddle 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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