AskDefine | Define gutter

Dictionary Definition



1 a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater [syn: trough]
2 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" [syn: sewer, toilet]
3 a worker who guts things (fish or buildings or cars etc.)
4 a tool for gutting fish


1 burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker; "The cooling lava continued to gutter toward lower ground"
2 flow in small streams; "Tears guttered down her face"
3 wear or cut gutters into; "The heavy rain guttered the soil"
4 provide with gutters; "gutter the buildings"

User Contributed Dictionary



Anglo-Norman gotere, from gotiere ( gouttière), ultimately from gutta ‘drop’.



  1. a ditch along the side of a road
  2. a duct or channel beneath the eaves of a building to carry rain water
  3. grooves down the sides of a bowling lane
  4. a space between printed columns of text
  5. a drainage channel
  6. something distasteful or morally questionable


duct or channel
space in text
something distasteful or morally questionable

See also


  1. suitable for the gutter; vulgar, disreputable


vulgar, disreputable


  1. to flow or stream; to form gutters
  2. In the context of "of a candle": to melt away or fail from becoming channeled on one side
  3. In the context of "of a small flame": to flicker as if about to be extinguished


to flow or stream; to form gutters
to melt away or fail from becoming channeled on one side
to flicker as if about to be extinguished

Extensive Definition

Gutter may refer to:
  • Rain gutter, a narrow channel which collects rainwater from the roof of a building and diverts it away from the structure, typically into a drain
  • Street gutter, a depression which runs alongside a city street and diverts rain and street-cleaning water off of the street and into a storm drain
In media
In sport
  • Gutters, in bowling and table shuffleboard, the trough hazards on either side of the playing lane into which the bowling ball or shuffleboard puck may fall
In design and printing
  • Gutter, the blank space, in editorial design, at which two pages come together in a two-page spread
  • Gutter, in typography, the space between columns of printed text
  • Gutter, in comics, the space between the panels of a comic strip or comic book page
  • Gutter (philately), the space between panes of postage stamps that creates configurations of "gutter pairs" or "gutter blocks"
gutter in German: Gosse (Begriffsklärung)
gutter in French: Gouttière
gutter in Dutch: Goot
gutter in Dutch Low Saxon: Geute

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