- term of address used to a man, especially by a younger man, boy, employee, or social inferior.
- governor(def 6).
Origin of guv
Related Words for guvadministrator, supervisor, comptroller, manager, ruler, executive, boss, director, chief, overseer, superintendent, commander, head, leader, controller, guv
Examples from the Web for guv
Contemporary Examples of guv
The Guv quipped, “Here in California, they do have men that become women.”28,000 X Chromosomes Strong
October 24, 2008
Historical Examples of guv
Not as the guv'nor do anything more'n his duty in puttin' of him out—nowise!Weighed and Wanting
Beg yer pardon, Guv'nor, but could yer lend me a bathin' suit?
Gawd love you, guv'nor, they'd fight 'ell's blazes, them chaps would!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
And, jerking his head back towards the room behind him, "Guv'nor's got it now."The Burning Spear
Tell ye what, jedge, that feller'll be guv'ner of a State one of these days.Two Arrows
William O. Stoddard
- British an informal name for governor
1890, shortening of guvner, casual British pronunciation of governor as a title of respect.