- a lightweight, two-piece, usually white garment worn by barefooted martial-arts participants, consisting of loose-fitting pants and a wraparound jacket with cloth belt.
Origin of gi
- gilbert; gilberts.
- a member or former member of the U.S. armed forces, especially an enlisted soldier.
- rigidly adhering to military regulations and practices; regimented; spit-and-polish: a platoon leader who tried to be more GI than anyone else.
- of a standardized style or type issued by the U.S. armed forces: GI shoes; GI blankets.
- conforming to the regulations or practices of the U.S. armed forces: Every recruit must get a GI haircut.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a U.S. enlisted person: a typical peacetime GI complaint.
- to clean in preparation for inspection: to GI the barracks.
- to follow military regulations and customs closely; shape up: You'd better learn to GI if you want to be promoted.
Origin of GI
- gill; gills.
- galvanized iron.
- general issue.
- government issue.
or G.I.'s, G.I.s.
- the GI's, Slang. diarrhea.
Origin of GI's
Examples from the Web for gi
The congressman traces his belief in Santa Claus back 40 years, when he was a student going to college “on the GI Bill.”Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract performs different digestive functions are various different locations.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture
December 10, 2014
Asked if he knew the names of the newborn quadruplets, Merritt recalled two: gi—a karate outfit—and po—a chamber pot.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble
October 11, 2014
This egalitarian impulse was in part driven by people returning from WW II and Korea, many of whom benefited from the GI Bill.
This was further augmented by the GI bill, which also provided low-interest loans to returning veterans.
An' down to Saltash they've gi'n up sayin' it's quarter arter twelve, or the like o' that.Tiverton Tales
"You gi' me t'other end o' my cloud," commanded Mrs. Wadleigh.Meadow Grass
"Well, I'm goin' to read your old letter for you, if you'll just gi' me time," remonstrated Maria.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
You've gi'n up all your life, an' now you're goin' to give up to Ellery an' Mary.
"Gi' me a bite o' suthin' to eat," he said, as if it were a formula he had often used.
- a loose-fitting white suit worn in judo, karate, and other martial artsa karate gi
- plural GIs or GI's a soldier in the US Army, esp an enlisted man
- conforming to US Army regulations; of standard government issue
- glycaemic index
Word Origin and History for gi
also GI, 1936 as an adjective meaning "U.S. Army equipment," American English, apparently an abbreviation of Government Issue, and applied to anything associated with servicemen. Transferred sense of "U.S. Army soldier" arose during World War II (first recorded 1943), apparently from the jocular notion that the men themselves were manufactured by the government.
An earlier G.I. (1908) was an abbreviation of galvanized iron, especially in G.I. can, a type of metal trash can; the term was picked up by U.S. soldiers in World War I as slang for a similar-looking type of German artillery shells. But it is highly unlikely that this G.I. came to mean "soldier." No two sources seem to agree on the entire etymology, but none backs the widespread notion that it stands for *General Infantry. GI Joe "any U.S. soldier" attested from 1942 (date in OED is a typo).
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