- Informal. a man or boy; fellow: He's a nice guy.
- Usually guys. Informal. persons of either sex; people: 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.
- to jeer at or make fun of; ridicule.
- give the guy to, British Slang. to escape from (someone); give (someone) the slip.
Origin of guy1
- 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.
- to guide, steady, or secure with a guy or guys.
Origin of guy2
- a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “woods.”
Related Words for guyboy, buddy, gentleman, dude, brother, fellow, person, individual, male, bloke, chum, cat, chap, bird, bud, feller
Examples from the Web for guy
Contemporary Examples of guy
And we have a lot of great guests this season: Greta Gerwig, Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi is back—I love that guy.
“We saw his background and he was a Bronx guy and we started breaking the case,” Boyce says.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
You were basically the guy to do every dictator or crazy character, from Gaddafi and Ahmadinejad to Bin Laden.
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
This was a guy from the hip-hop generation and with a perspective that was inextricably linked to that generation.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
Historical Examples of guy
So's the other one—the guy as has got the mun; he's got a bank full of it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
To ensure rigidity the rudder must be stayed with guy wires.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
It is Guy of Gisbourne, and thou mayst have heard it before.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
This was carried by my fourth son on the fifth of November, when he was a Guy Fawkes.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
And Guy stood sobered—sobered not at going to the war, but at leaving her.Southern Lights and Shadows
- 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
- (tr) to make fun of; ridicule
Word Origin for guy
- 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
- (tr) to anchor, steady, or guide with a guy or guys
Word Origin for guy
- Buddy, real name George Guy. born 1936, US blues singer and guitarist
- Guyana (international car registration)
"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.
"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.