guy

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[gahy]
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noun
  1. Informal. a man or boy; fellow: He's a nice guy.
  2. Usually guys. Informal. persons of either sex; people: Could one of you guys help me with this?
  3. Chiefly British Slang. a grotesquely dressed person.
  4. (often initial capital letter) British. a grotesque effigy of Guy Fawkes that is paraded through the streets and burned on Guy Fawkes Day.
verb (used with object), guyed, guy·ing.
  1. to jeer at or make fun of; ridicule.
Idioms
  1. give the guy to, British Slang. to escape from (someone); give (someone) the slip.

Origin of guy

1
First recorded in 1800–10; after Guy Fawkes
Can be confusedguise guys

guy

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[gahy]
noun
  1. a rope, cable, or appliance used to guide and steady an object being hoisted or lowered, or to secure anything likely to shift its position.
verb (used with object), guyed, guy·ing.
  1. to guide, steady, or secure with a guy or guys.

Origin of guy

2
1300–50; Middle English gye < Old French guie a guide, derivative of guier to guide

Guy

[gahy; French gee]
noun
  1. a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “woods.”
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guy

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noun
  1. informal a man or youth
  2. British a crude effigy of Guy Fawkes, usually made of old clothes stuffed with straw or rags, that is burnt on top of a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
  3. British a person in shabby or ludicrously odd clothes
  4. (plural) informal persons of either sex
verb
  1. (tr) to make fun of; ridicule

Word Origin for guy

C19: short for Guy Fawkes

guy

2
noun
  1. a rope, chain, wire, etc, for anchoring an object, such as a radio mast, in position or for steadying or guiding it while being hoisted or lowered
verb
  1. (tr) to anchor, steady, or guide with a guy or guys

Word Origin for guy

C14: probably from Low German; compare Dutch gei brail, geiblok pulley, Old French guie guide, from guier to guide

Guy

noun
  1. Buddy, real name George Guy. born 1936, US blues singer and guitarist

GUY

abbreviation for
  1. Guyana (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for guy
n.1

"rope, chain, wire," mid-14c., "leader," from Old French guie "a guide," from guier (see guide (v.)); or from a similar word in North Sea Germanic. The "rope" sense is nautical, first recorded 1620s.

n.2

"fellow," 1847, originally American English; earlier (1836) "grotesquely or poorly dressed person," originally (1806) "effigy of Guy Fawkes," leader of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up British king and Parliament (Nov. 5, 1605), paraded through the streets by children on the anniversary of the conspiracy. The male proper name is from French, related to Italian Guido.

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