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innards

Syllabification: in·nards
Pronunciation: /ˈinərdz
 
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Definition of innards in English:

plural noun

informal
1Entrails.
Example sentences
  • Haggis traditionally contains sheep innards such as lungs and hearts, and this dish is clearly not for those whose stomachs are of a delicate disposition.
  • Grasp the squid's head and innards as far inside the body as you can; pull gently.
  • Hill struggled under the horse's weight, the stench of burnt flesh and innards assaulting his nose like a locomotive.
Synonyms
entrails, internal organs, viscera, intestines, bowels, guts
informal insides
1.1Internal workings (of a device or machine).
Example sentences
  • The strings drone and yawn as if they were the innards of some great machine that makes everything turn.
  • But when you're done you can see the innards of the machine while you use it.
  • He had a special key to do this and only he was allowed to fiddle with the innards of the machines.
Synonyms
(inner) workings, mechanism, machinery, components, parts

Origin

early 19th century: representing a dialect pronunciation of inwards, used as a noun.

More
  • This represents a dialect pronunciation of inwards, used as a noun. The more respectable intestine (late 16th century) means much the same, coming from the Latin for ‘internal’.

Words that rhyme with innards

Richardsbackwards

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