- term of address used to a man, especially by a younger man, boy, employee, or social inferior.
- governor(def 6).
Origin of guv
First recorded in 1850–55; by shortening and respelling
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Examples from the Web for guvs
Pore Mammy Warren was told of the sudden death of her sister, and that's all the sympathy you guvs her.Sue, A Little Heroine
L. T. Meade
- British an informal name for governor
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Word Origin and History for guvs
1890, shortening of guvner, casual British pronunciation of governor as a title of respect.
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