Etymology
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gutless (adj.)

"cowardly," 1900, from gut (n.) in the figurative "spirit" sense (see guts) + -less. Literal sense "disemboweled" is from c. 1600. Related: Gutlessly; gutlessness.

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Definitions of gutless

gutless (adj.)
lacking courage or vitality;
he was a yellow gutless worm
gutless (adj.)
weak in willpower, courage or vitality;
From wordnet.princeton.edu