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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Probably of Low German origin; compare Dutch gei ‘brail’, German Geitau ‘clew-line’.

Noun

Singular
guy

Plural
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guy ({{{1}}})
  1. A support cable used to guide, steady or secure something.

Etymology 2

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

Noun

Singular
guy

Plural
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guy ({{{1}}})
  1. (UK) An effigy of a man burned on a bonfire on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (5th November).
  2. (colloquial) A male
    A new guy started at the office today.
    Jane considers that guy to be very good looking.
Usage notes
  • In plural, guys is not completely gender-neutral but it may refer to people of either sex in some circumstances and forms.
  • Hey guys can generally refer to either gender, as a greeting in its plural form.
  • But this usage is not always seen as accurate or correct. Describing a group of women as guys, as in the Pussycat Dolls are a bunch of guys, suggests they are male in that usage and is generally viewed as incorrect or inaccurate. In contrast, the 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.
  • It seems the plural guys, like the singular, mainly refers to men or the male gender, with some exceptions.
  • In US English you guys attempts to revive the distinction between a singular and plural you to avoid confusion between the two uses.
Translations
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Synonyms

Verb

Infinitive
to guy

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to guy (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  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: 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). — Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 278)

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