g.i.'ing

GI

[jee-ahy]
noun, plural GI's or GIs.
1.
a member or former member of the U.S. armed forces, especially an enlisted soldier.
adjective
2.
rigidly adhering to military regulations and practices; regimented; spit-and-polish: a platoon leader who tried to be more GI than anyone else.
3.
of a standardized style or type issued by the U.S. armed forces: GI shoes; GI blankets.
4.
conforming to the regulations or practices of the U.S. armed forces: Every recruit must get a GI haircut.
5.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a U.S. enlisted person: a typical peacetime GI complaint.
verb (used with object), GI'd, GI'ing.
6.
to clean in preparation for inspection: to GI the barracks.
verb (used without object), GI'd, GI'ing.
7.
to follow military regulations and customs closely; shape up: You'd better learn to GI if you want to be promoted.
Also, G.I.


Origin:
1915–20; orig. abbreviation of galvanized iron, used in U.S. Army bookkeeping in entering articles (e.g., trash cans) made of it; later extended to all articles issued (as an assumed abbreviation of government issue) and finally to soldiers themselves

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gi1 (ɡiː)
 
n
a loose-fitting white suit worn in judo, karate, and other martial arts: a karate gi
 
[from Japanese -gi costume, from ki to wear]

gi2
 
the internet domain name for
Gibraltar

Gi
 
abbreviation for
gilbert

GI1
 
n , GIs, GI's
1.  a soldier in the US Army, esp an enlisted man
 
adj
2.  conforming to US Army regulations; of standard government issue
 
[C20: abbrev. of government issue]

GI or g.i.2
 
abbreviation for
1.  gastrointestinal
2.  glycaemic index
 
g.i. or g.i.2
 
abbreviation for

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Word Origin & History

G.I.
1936 (adj.), Amer.Eng., apparently an abbreviation of Government Issue, applied to anything associated with servicemen. Transferred sense to "soldiers" during World War II (first recorded 1943) is from the jocular notion that the men themselves were manufactured by the government. An earlier G.I. was
an abbreviation of Galvanized Iron in G.I. can, a type of metal trash can, the term being picked up by U.S. soldiers in World War I as slang for a similar-looking type of German artillery shells. This use is attested from 1928, but it is highly unlikely that this came to mean "soldier." I probably get more e-mail about this entry than any other. No two sources I have agree on the etymology, but none backs the widespread notion that it stands for *General Infantry.
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Medical Dictionary

GI abbr.

  1. gastrointestinal

  2. Gingival Index

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
gi
gill
GI
  1. galvanized iron

  2. gastrointestinal

  3. general issue

  4. glycemic index

  5. Government Issue

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