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[guht-buhk-it] /ˈgʌtˌbʌk ɪt/

jazz played in the raucous and high-spirited style of barrelhouse.
a highly emotional style of jazz playing

in reference to jazz, “earthy,” by 1929, supposedly originally a reference to the buckets which caught the drippings, or gutterings, from barrels. Which would connect it to gutter (v.).


[1910+ Jazz musicians; first sense fr a New Orleans name for a low resort, where a gutbucket, that is, a beer bucket or a chamber pot, would be used to collect contributions for the musicians; second sense fr the notion of a bucket of guts]


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