- term of address used to a man, especially by a younger man, boy, employee, or social inferior.
- governor(def 6).
Origin of guv
First recorded in 1850–55; by shortening and respelling
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Related Words for guvsadministrator, supervisor, comptroller, manager, ruler, executive, boss, director, chief, overseer, superintendent, commander, head, leader, controller, guv
Examples from the Web for guvs
Historical Examples of guvs
Pore Mammy Warren was told of the sudden death of her sister, and that's all the sympathy you guvs her.Sue, A Little Heroine
L. T. Meade
- British an informal name for governor
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1890, shortening of guvner, casual British pronunciation of governor as a title of respect.
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