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


Nearby words

  1. guianese,
  2. guib,
  3. guichet,
  4. guid,
  5. guidance,
  6. guide center,
  7. guide dog,
  8. guide fossil,
  9. guide left,
  10. guide rail

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

1. follow.

Related forms

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



to lead the way for (a person)
to control the movement or course of (an animal, vehicle, etc) by physical action; steer
to supervise or instruct (a person)
(tr) to direct the affairs of (a person, company, nation, etc)he guided the country through the war
(tr) to advise or influence (a person) in his standards or opinionslet truth guide you always


  1. a person, animal, or thing that guides
  2. (as modifier)a guide dog
a person, usually paid, who conducts tour expeditions, etc
a model or criterion, as in moral standards or accuracy
a book that instructs or explains the fundamentals of a subject or skilla guide to better living
any device that directs the motion of a tool or machine part
  1. a mark, sign, etc, that points the way
  2. (in combination)guidepost
spiritualism a spirit believed to influence a medium so as to direct what he utters and convey messages through him
  1. navya ship in a formation used as a reference for manoeuvres, esp with relation to maintaining the correct formation and disposition
  2. militarya soldier stationed to one side of a column or line to regulate alignment, show the way, etc
Derived Formsguidable, adjectiveguideless, adjectiveguider, nounguiding, adjective, noun

Word Origin for guide

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



(sometimes not capital) a member of an organization for girls equivalent to the ScoutsUS equivalent: Girl Scout
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Word Origin and History for guideless
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for guideless




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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