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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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Examples for guys
  • We were obliged to steady the booms and yards by guys and braces, and to lash everything well below.
  • They chased bad guys, but they also had a telephone and a phonograph.
  • Palm oil companies don't see themselves as the bad guys, of course.
  • The idea is that police and sheriffs can help the feds capture the bad guys.
  • Yet in the red narrative soldiers are the bad guys for using live rounds on unarmed protesters.
  • Then again, there are also guys that burn used tyres by the roadside to get the metal in them, who somehow get away with it.
  • It also provided him with membership of a club from which his father was forever blackballed: the club of regular guys.
  • Typically, guys are the target of beer commercials and the center of the action.
  • Here are some speedy, under-the-radar guys to watch next season.
  • When you don't have those star players, it's more pressure on the glue guys.
British Dictionary definitions for guys

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 guys
guy
"rope, chain, wire," c.1350, "leader," from O.Fr. guie "a guide," from guier (see guide); or from a similar word in North Sea Gmc. The "rope" sense is nautical, first recorded 1623.
guy
"fellow," 1847, originally Amer.Eng.; 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 Fr., related to It. Guido, lit. "leader," of Gmc. origin (see guide).
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Slang definitions & phrases for guys

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]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for guys

GUY

Guyana (international vehicle ID)
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