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guv

[guhv]
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noun Chiefly British Informal.
  1. term of address used to a man, especially by a younger man, boy, employee, or social inferior.
  2. governor(def 6).
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Origin of guv

First recorded in 1850–55; by shortening and respelling
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guv

guv'nor (ˈɡʌvnə)

noun
  1. British an informal name for governor
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Word Origin and History for guv

1890, shortening of guvner, casual British pronunciation of governor as a title of respect.

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