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gutter +‎ -y


guttery (comparative more guttery, superlative most guttery)

  1. Having a guttering flame; flickering and weak.
    • 1913, Irvin S. Cobb, The Escape of Mr. Trimm[1]:
      Its guttery flare exposed a bed, with a thin mattress and a skimpy cover, shoved close up under the sloping wall; a sprained chair on its last legs; an old horsehide trunk; a shaky washstand of cheap yellow pine, garnished forth with an ewer and a basin; a limp, frayed towel; and a minute segment of pale pink soap.
    • 1900, Erskine Childers, In the Ranks of the C.I.V.[2]:
      I am on picket, and writing in the guard-tent by a guttery lantern.
  2. (by extension) Dark and brooding.
    • 2005 October 21, Monica Kendrick, “Wait for It”, in Chicago Reader[3]:
      On the Warlocks' early records, for all that the music was grim and dark and guttery, there was a lightness and a sense of fun in the totally over-the-top playing, each repetitive, maddening, Chinese-water-torture ching-ching-ching drawn out so far past the point of absurdity you could imagine strobe lights flashing off the band's shit-eating grins.
  3. Vulgar; salacious or crude.
    • 2011 July 1, “Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap Movie Review”, in Times of India:
      DB okay for one time laughs. at the crass, guttery humour.
    • 2011 January 26, Hafsah Sarfraz, “Banned: Slackistan to address red flags before allowed screening”, in The News International:
      The more guttery bit of our mind wants to break into a disco remix of 'Ranbir and Priyanka sitting in a tree…'


guttery (plural gutteries)

  1. The part of an abattoir used for emptying the gut of its contents; tripery.
    • 1957, Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Meat Hygiene, Meat hygiene, page 168:
      In large abattoirs, the triperies and gutteries should preferably be situated under the slaughtering halls and in direct contact with them, by means of a system of chutes.