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See also: guy, GUY, guþ, and Guy.

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Etymology 1Edit

Old French form of Germanic Wido, a short form of names beginning with the element witu "wood" from Proto-Germanic *widuz, such as Witold and Widukind. Cognate with Italian Guido.

Proper nounEdit

Guy (plural Guys)

  1. A male given name.
    • 1613 William Shakespeare: King Henry the Eighth: Act V, Scene IV:
      I am not Samson, nor Sir Guy, nor Colbrand, / To mow 'em down before me;
    • 1990 Ruth Rendell: Going Wrong →ISBN page 157:
      "Guy," he said. He said it slowly and with a certain puzzlement. He said it again, thoughtfully, as if it were a name of someone he had known long ago but couldn't quite place. "Guy. Yes - don't you find it difficult being called that? I mean, if Nora hadn't said, I'd have put you down as a Kevin, or a Barry. Yes, Barry would suit you."
      He looked like an innocent child, smiling, wide-eyed, his cheeks plump and rosy, defying the object of his insults to take offence. For they were insults, Guy was in no doubt about that. Leonora's brother was implying that his name was far too upper-class for its possessor.
    • 2016, Nathan Hill, The Nix: A novel, Vintage (→ISBN), page 596
      “She was a new student. I was a counterculture hero. Back then I went by a different name. Sebastian. Sexy, right? And so much better than Guy. You can't be a counterculture hero and a Guy. That name is way too average. []
  2. A patronymic surname​.
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NounEdit

Guy (plural Guys)

  1. (Britain) An effigy of Guy Fawkes burned on Bonfire Night

Etymology 2Edit

From the Hebrew name גַּיְא(gáy, literally valley), with the spelling influenced by the existing English name.

Proper nounEdit

Guy

  1. A male given name.
  2. A surname​.

Etymology 3Edit

Proper nounEdit

Guy

  1. A city in Arkansas.
  2. A hamlet in Alberta, Canada.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Middle French Guy < Old French Gui < Old High German Wido, a short form of names beginning with the element Proto-Germanic *widuz (wood).

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Proper nounEdit

Guy

  1. A male given name, cognate to Guy.

NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From an Old French form of Old High German Wido, a short form of names beginning with the element *widuz (wood), such as Witold and Widukind.

Proper nounEdit

Guy m

  1. A male given name, equivalent to French and English Guy.

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