You can do many things with gusto, or hearty enthusiasm, whether it's eating a steak, playing table tennis, or cheering on your favorite team. Some people live their whole lives with gusto.

  • Pronunciation: / 'ɡʌsto/
  • English description: vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
  • Synonyms: zest
  • Chinese Translation: 爱好(ai4 hao4)
  • Spanish Translation: el entusiasmo
  • ORIGIN: Since the seventeenth century gusto has been helping English speakers describe things that are done with vigor and enthusiasm. Gusto is Italian for “taste,” and its Italian origins are evident both in its spelling, with its “o” ending, and its sense of “a taste for life." Use this word to describe vigorous activities — you probably wouldn’t "take a nap with gusto," even if you really enjoy napping. You're more likely to score goals and dance the Macarena with gusto.


  • If either goes for it with anything less than bone-juddering gusto, their shame will be legendary.
  • Whatever comes her way, the Atlanta native handles it with Southern charm and gusto.

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