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1 [gahy]
Informal. a man or boy; fellow: He's a nice guy.
Usually, guys. Informal. persons of either sex; people: Could one of you guys help me with this?
Chiefly British Slang. a grotesquely dressed person.
(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.
to jeer at or make fun of; ridicule.
give the guy to, British Slang. to escape from (someone); give (someone) the slip.

1800–10; after Guy Fawkes

guise, guys. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
guy1 (ɡaɪ)
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.  informal (plural) persons of either sex
5.  (tr) to make fun of; ridicule
[C19: short for Guy Fawkes]

guy2 (ɡaɪ)
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
2.  (tr) to anchor, steady, or guide with a guy or guys
[C14: probably from Low German; compare Dutch gei brail, geiblok pulley, Old French guie guide, from guier to guide]

Guy (ɡaɪ)
Buddy, real name George Guy. born 1936, US blues singer and guitarist

abbreviation for
Guyana (international car registration)

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Word Origin & History

"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.

"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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Guyana (international vehicle ID)
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