noun Chiefly British Informal.

term of address used to a man, especially by a younger man, boy, employee, or social inferior.

Origin of guv

First recorded in 1850–55; by shortening and respelling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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guv'nor (ˈɡʌvnə)


British an informal name for governor
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Word Origin and History for guv

1890, shortening of guvner, casual British pronunciation of governor as a title of respect.

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