gutter vs trough what difference

what is difference between gutter and trough



  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌt.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌt.ɚ/, /ˈɡʌt̬.ɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌtə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English gutter, guttur, goter, from Anglo-Norman guttere, from Old French goutiere (French gouttière), ultimately from Latin gutta (drop).


gutter (plural gutters)

  1. A prepared channel in a surface, especially at the side of a road adjacent to a curb, intended for the drainage of water.
  2. A ditch along the side of a road.
  3. A duct or channel beneath the eaves of a building to carry rain water; eavestrough.
  4. (bowling) A groove down the sides of a bowling lane.
  5. A large groove (commonly behind animals) in a barn used for the collection and removal of animal excrement.
  6. Any narrow channel or groove, such as one formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing.
  7. (typography) A space between printed columns of text.
  8. (printing) One of a number of pieces of wood or metal, grooved in the centre, used to separate the pages of type in a form.
  9. (philately) An unprinted space between rows of stamps.
  10. (Britain) A drainage channel.
  11. The notional locus of things, acts, or events which are distasteful, ill bred or morally questionable.
  12. (figuratively) A low, vulgar state.
  13. (comics) The spaces between comic book panels.
Derived terms
  • Sranan Tongo: gotro
See also
  • gutter on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • gout


gutter (third-person singular simple present gutters, present participle guttering, simple past and past participle guttered)

  1. To flow or stream; to form gutters. [from late 14th c.]
  2. (of a candle) To melt away by having the molten wax run down along the side of the candle. [from early 18th c.]
  3. (of a small flame) To flicker as if about to be extinguished.
  4. (transitive) To send (a bowling ball) into the gutter, not hitting any pins.
  5. (transitive) To supply with a gutter or gutters.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  6. (transitive) To cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel.

Etymology 2

gut +‎ -er


gutter (plural gutters)

  1. One who or that which guts.



gutter c

  1. indefinite plural of gut

Norwegian Bokmål



gutter m

  1. indefinite plural of gutt



From Middle English trogh, from Old English troh, trog (a trough, tub, basin, vessel for containing liquids or other materials), from Proto-Germanic *trugą, *trugaz (compare West Frisian trôch, Dutch trog, German Trog, Swedish tråg), from Proto-Indo-European *dru-kó (compare Middle Irish drochta (wooden basin), Old Armenian տարգալ (targal, ladle, spoon), enlargement of *dóru (tree)). More at tree.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /tɹɒf/
  • (US) enPR: trôf, IPA(key): /tɹɔf/
  • (US, cotcaught merger, Canada) enPR: trŏf, IPA(key): /tɹɑf/
  • (US dialectal) enPR: trôth, IPA(key): /tɹɔθ/; (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /tɹɑθ/
  • Rhymes: -ɒf


trough (plural troughs)

  1. A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals.
    One of Hank’s chores was to slop the pigs’ trough each morning and evening.
  2. Any similarly shaped container.
    • 1976, Frederick Bentham, The art of stage lighting (page 233)
      It just clips on the front of the stage without any special trough, has no great power and occupies only one dimmer, []
    1. (Australia, New Zealand) A rectangular container used for washing or rinsing clothes.
      Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of trough he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.
  3. A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates.
    There was a small trough that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.
  4. (Canada) A gutter under the eaves of a building; an eaves trough.
    The troughs were filled with leaves and needed clearing.
  5. (agriculture, Australia, New Zealand) A channel for conveying water or other farm liquids (such as milk) from place to place by gravity; any ‘U’ or ‘V’ cross-sectioned irrigation channel.
  6. A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges; the low portion of a wave cycle.
    The buoy bobbed between the crests and troughs of the waves moving across the bay.
    The neurologist pointed to a troubling trough in the pattern of his brain-waves.
  7. (meteorology) A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front.


  • manger (container for feeding animals)

Derived terms

  • water trough



trough (third-person singular simple present troughs, present participle troughing, simple past and past participle troughed)

  1. To eat in a vulgar style, as if from a trough.
    He troughed his way through three meat pies.


  • Oxford English Dictionary Online

See also

  • crib
  • ditch
  • trench


  • Rought, rought

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of trogh

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