- 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
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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Examples from the Web for gied
"I gied him hell," referring doubtless to the vanquished candidate.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
Could we no' hae something at the tea bar if we gied them a tip?Erchie
(AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
So I gied the man a clour, and he fell to the grund and didna get up.
So because she was a McDonald, I gied the puir woman back her coo.
So he did that, and gied them his big turnip watch to play wi'.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City
S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
- a loose-fitting white suit worn in judo, karate, and other martial artsa karate gi
from Japanese -gi costume, from ki to wear
- plural GIs or GI's a soldier in the US Army, esp an enlisted man
- conforming to US Army regulations; of standard government issue
C20: abbrev. of government issue
- glycaemic index
- a Scot word for give
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