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guy

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[ gahy ]
/ gaɪ /
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noun
Informal. a man or boy; fellow: He's a nice guy.
guys ,Informal. people, regardless of their sex: Could one of you guys help me with this?
Chiefly British Slang. a grotesquely dressed person.
(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.
to jeer at or make fun of; ridicule.
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Idioms about guy

    give the guy to, British Slang. to escape from (someone); give (someone) the slip.

Origin of guy

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First recorded in 1800–10; after Guy Fawkes

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH guy

guise, guys

Other definitions for guy (2 of 3)

guy2
[ gahy ]
/ gaɪ /

noun
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.
to guide, steady, or secure with a guy or guys.

Origin of guy

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

Other definitions for guy (3 of 3)

Guy
[ gahy; French gee ]
/ gaɪ; French gi /

noun
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “woods.”
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British Dictionary definitions for guy (1 of 4)

guy1
/ (ɡaɪ) /

noun
informal a man or youth
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
British a person in shabby or ludicrously odd clothes
(plural) informal persons of either sex
verb
(tr) to make fun of; ridicule

Word Origin for guy

C19: short for Guy Fawkes

British Dictionary definitions for guy (2 of 4)

guy2
/ (ɡaɪ) /

noun
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
(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

British Dictionary definitions for guy (3 of 4)

Guy
/ (ɡaɪ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for guy (4 of 4)

GUY

abbreviation for
Guyana (international car registration)
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