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guy1

[gahy] /gaɪ/
noun
1.
Informal. a man or boy; fellow:
He's a nice guy.
2.
Usually, guys. Informal. persons of either sex; people:
Could one of you guys help me with this?
3.
Chiefly British Slang. a grotesquely dressed person.
4.
(often initial capital letter) British. a grotesque effigy of Guy Fawkes that is paraded through the streets and burned on Guy Fawkes Day.
verb (used with object), guyed, guying.
5.
to jeer at or make fun of; ridicule.
Idioms
6.
give the guy to, British Slang. to escape from (someone); give (someone) the slip.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; after Guy Fawkes
Can be confused
guise, guys.

guy2

[gahy] /gaɪ/
noun
1.
a rope, cable, or appliance used to guide and steady an object being hoisted or lowered, or to secure anything likely to shift its position.
verb (used with object), guyed, guying.
2.
to guide, steady, or secure with a guy or guys.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English gye < Old French guie a guide, derivative of guier to guide

Guy

[gahy; French gee] /gaɪ; French gi/
noun
1.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “woods.”.
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  • The collocation fall guy has been much in the news lately.
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  • Couldn't, and for once this isn't a cliche, happen to a nicer guy.
  • If this guy had anything, which is highly doubtful, no one will ever believe anything he says again.
  • The guy running the snake down our sewer looks matter-of-fact.
  • Recently the guy next to me on the plane suddenly uttered an oath and stood up to reveal that his fountain pen had flooded.
  • guy texting while bicycling crashes into a tree and suffers head injury.
British Dictionary definitions for guy

guy1

/ɡaɪ/
noun
1.
(informal) a man or youth
2.
(Brit) a crude effigy of Guy Fawkes, usually made of old clothes stuffed with straw or rags, that is burnt on top of a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
3.
(Brit) a person in shabby or ludicrously odd clothes
4.
(pl) (informal) persons of either sex
verb
5.
(transitive) to make fun of; ridicule
Word Origin
C19: short for Guy Fawkes

guy2

/ɡaɪ/
noun
1.
a rope, chain, wire, etc, for anchoring an object, such as a radio mast, in position or for steadying or guiding it while being hoisted or lowered
verb
2.
(transitive) to anchor, steady, or guide with a guy or guys
Word Origin
C14: probably from Low German; compare Dutch gei brail, geiblok pulley, Old French guie guide, from guier to guide

Guy

/ɡaɪ/
noun
1.
Buddy, real name George Guy. born 1936, US blues singer and guitarist

GUY

abbreviation
1.
Guyana (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for guy
n.

"rope, chain, wire," mid-14c., "leader," from Old French guie "a guide," from guier (see guide (v.)); or from a similar word in North Sea Germanic. The "rope" sense is nautical, first recorded 1620s.

"fellow," 1847, originally American English; earlier (1836) "grotesquely or poorly dressed person," originally (1806) "effigy of Guy Fawkes," leader of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up British king and Parliament (Nov. 5, 1605), paraded through the streets by children on the anniversary of the conspiracy. The male proper name is from French, related to Italian Guido.

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Slang definitions & phrases for guy

guy

noun
  1. A person of either sex, esp a man; fellow •Used of and to women in address, and then almost invariably in the plural, but seldom in reference or in the singular (1876+)
  2. A woman's fiance´, husband, lover, etc: Just remember he's my guy (1940s+)
  3. A thing referred to, esp something one does not know the name of; baby, gadget, sucker: I'll have this guy, this guy, and this guy (1980+)
verb

To mock; ridicule (1869+)

Related Terms

fall guy, jigger-man, one of the boys, regular fellow, smart guy, tough guy, wise guy

[ultimately fr the name and reputation of Guy Fawkes, and esp of his ugly effigies burnt in England on November 5 to commemorate the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot, his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament]


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Related Abbreviations for guy

GUY

Guyana (international vehicle ID)
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