[ gahyd ]
/ gaɪd /

verb (used with object), guid·ed, guid·ing.


Origin of guide

1325–75; Middle English giden (v.), gide (noun) < Old French gui(d)er (v.), gui(d)e (noun) < Germanic; akin to wit2


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Synonym study

1. Guide, conduct, direct, lead imply showing the way or pointing out or determining the course to be taken. Guide implies continuous presence or agency in showing or indicating a course: to guide a traveler. To conduct is to precede or escort to a place, sometimes with a degree of ceremony: to conduct a guest to his room. To direct is to give information for guidance, or instructions or orders for a course of procedure: to direct someone to the station. To lead is to bring onward in a course, guiding by contact or by going in advance; hence, fig., to influence or induce to some course of conduct: to lead a procession; to lead astray. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guideless

  • You, sweet dove, pure and guideless, you have taught me what I could not ascertain in twenty years' application.

    Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
  • Two young converts to mountaineering set out from Val Masino for the pass, guideless, ropeless, axeless.

    Italian Alps|Douglas William Freshfield
  • The door closed behind him with a venomous snap and we were left alone in the street, guideless and dogless.

    Scally|Ian Hay

British Dictionary definitions for guideless (1 of 2)


/ (ɡaɪd) /



Derived Forms

guidable, adjectiveguideless, adjectiveguider, nounguiding, adjective, noun

Word Origin for guide

C14: from (Old) French guider, of Germanic origin; compare Old English wītan to observe

British Dictionary definitions for guideless (2 of 2)


/ (ɡaɪd) /


(sometimes not capital) a member of an organization for girls equivalent to the ScoutsUS equivalent: Girl Scout
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Medicine definitions for guideless


[ gīd ]


A device or instrument by which something is led into its proper course, such as a grooved director or a catheter guide.
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