See also: Guy, GUY, guþ, and Guy.

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Etymology 1Edit

Named from Guy Fawkes (1570-1606), an English Catholic hanged for his role in the Gunpowder Plot.

NounEdit

guy ‎(plural guys)

  1. (Britain) An effigy of a man burned on a bonfire on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (5th November).
  2. (dated) A person of eccentric appearance or dress; a "fright".
    • 1845, Henry Cockton, The Love Match, W.M. Clark, p. 77:
      “But shan’t I look a guy?”
      “Not a bit of it. Jist the very kick!”
    • 1865, Margaret Oliphant, Miss Marjoribanks, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, vol. 97, p. 316:
      I am always a perfect guy, whatever I wear, when I sit against a red curtain. You mean say that a woman always knows when she’s good-looking, but I am happy to say I know when I look a guy.
    • 1885, W. S. Gilbert, The Mikado, “As Some Day It May Happen”:
      And the lady from the provinces, who dresses like a guy,
      And who “doesn’t think she dances, but would rather like to try” […].
    • 1978, Jane Gardam, God on the Rocks, Abacus 2014, p. 138:
      Why are you so ashamed that her child saw you looking a guy, sprawled on the floor, spilling cakes?
  3. (colloquial) A man, fellow; also (especially in plural) in more gender-neutral sense, a person.
    • 1873, ‘Mark Twain’, The Gilded Age:
      “You don't say so? I thought he was some guy from Pennsylvania.”
    • 2007, Manook Sarkisyan, Jack and the Journey through Time, p. 219:
      "Hi, guys. Did you have a fun time at school?" said Katherine.
      "Yeah we did," said Stacy.
    • 2016, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, The Guardian, 9 March:
      Let’s be honest. “Have I kissed too many guys?” is not a question that mature, sexually active women are likely to be asking Google.
  4. (colloquial, of animals and sometimes objects) Thing, creature.
    The dog's left foreleg was broken, poor little guy.
  5. (colloquial, figuratively) Thing, unit.
    This guy, here, controls the current, and this guy, here, measures the voltage.
    This guy is the partial derivative of that guy with respects to x.
  6. (informal, term of address) Buster, Mack, fella, bud, man.
    Hey, guy, give a man a break, would ya?
Usage notesEdit
  • In plural, guys is not completely gender-neutral but it may refer to people of either sex in some circumstances and forms; the greeting “Hey guys” can generally refer to people of either gender. This usage is not always seen as accurate or correct. Referring to a group as “guys” usually means a group of men or a mixed-gender group, since describing a group of women as guys, as in “the Pussycat Dolls are a bunch of guys”, suggests that they are male, and is generally viewed as incorrect or inaccurate in that usage. In contrast, the all-male band Green Day could accurately be described as “a bunch of guys” in slang. The usage of the plural guys in the phrase “some guys chased them away” would generally be assumed to mean men rather than women.
  • When used of animals, guy usually refers to either a male or one whose gender is not known; it is rarely if ever used of an animal that is known to be female.
  • In some varieties of US and Canadian English, you guys revives the distinction between a singular and plural you, much like y'all in other varieties; in this sense, guys is always gender-neutral.
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guy ‎(third-person singular simple present guys, present participle guying, simple past and past participle guyed)

  1. (intransitive) To exhibit an effigy of Guy Fawkes around the 5th November.
  2. (transitive) To make fun of, to ridicule with wit or innuendo.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason, Penguin 2004, p. 278:
      Swift and other satirists mercilessly guyed the unlettered self-importance of the peddlars of such soul-food, exposing their humility and self-laceration as an egregious and obnoxious form of self-advertisement (s'excuser, c'est s'accuser).
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 187:
      Terry Kilmartin [...], applauded for every ‘um’ and ‘ah’, knew that he was being guyed and had the charm to make it funny.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Old French guie.

NounEdit

guy ‎(plural guys)

  1. (obsolete, rare) A guide; a leader or conductor.
  2. (chiefly nautical) A support rope or cable used to guide, steady or secure something which is being hoisted or lowered.
  3. (chiefly nautical) A support to secure or steady something prone to shift its position or be carried away (e.g. the mast of a ship or a suspension-bridge).
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guy ‎(third-person singular simple present guys, present participle guying, simple past and past participle guyed)

  1. To equip with a support cable.
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