- 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
1970–75; shortening of Japanese jūdō-gi jujitsu garb, equivalent to jūdō judo + -gi, combining form of ki to wear
- 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
or G.I.'s, G.I.s.
- the GI's, Slang. diarrhea.
Origin of GI's
1960–65, Americanism; probably for GI shits; see GI, -s3
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As many, every six months, as all the GIs killed in combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.Bernard-Henri Lévy: My Wish for America
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By this gis 1233 does Love, amid his riches, deceive the eye.
The gis of their Minerva was only said to turn men into stones.
A decree of Prince Philip, in 1553, was its gis and was constantly invoked.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 1
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When arrayed for war she wore a golden helmet and carried a shield, or gis.Greek Sculpture
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Whatever may have been her motive, she put her gis over our head.The Arena
- geographic(al) information system: a system for storing, editing, and displaying geographical information on computer
- (in Canada) guaranteed income supplement
- 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
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