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abbreviation

Guyana (international vehicle registration).

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Syllabification: guy
Pronunciation: /ɡī
 
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noun

1 informal A man: he’s a nice guy
[ mid 19th century]
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  • Sure this movie is three years old, but it feels like I haven't seen this guy for a half a millennium.
  • I've never liked the guy.
  • These pictures are supposed to make you want to hire this guy to do design work or printing for you.
1.1 (guys) People of either sex: you guys want some coffee?
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  • Moments later, he realized, those guys are not going to make it out of this.
  • If you listen and you read his book about soft power, it is ridiculed by these guys.
  • When will these guys realize that he has never fought a campaign where he has had to appeal to the middle?
2British A figure representing Guy Fawkes, burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes' Night, and often displayed by children begging for money for fireworks.

verb

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Make fun of; ridicule: he didn’t realize I was guying the whole idea
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  • The film subtly guys the whole genre, with the Inspector frequently proved wrong and even partly responsible for the last death.
  • Why, you're guying me, you little wretch!

Origin

early 19th century (sense 2 of the noun): named after Guy Fawkes (see Gunpowder Plot).

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  • Expressions such as fall guy, wise guy and tough guy are all American in origin, and it used only to be Americans who called men (and now women) guys at all. This use of the word dates from the late 19th century, as a development of an earlier sense applied to a person of grotesque appearance. Before it came to be applied to people, though, the word was used—as it still is today—to describe an effigy of Guy Fawkes, one of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators and Catholic extremists who intended to blow up James I and his parliament in 1605. People traditionally burn a Guy on a bonfire each year on 5 November, the anniversary of the plot. To guy someone is now to make fun of them, but it was previously to carry an effigy of them around the streets. It came from the practice of guying, or carrying a Guy around on 5 November. The guy rope on a tent is unconnected, and probably comes from a German word.

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Syllabification: guy
Pronunciation: /ɡī
 
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noun

A rope or line fixed to the ground to secure a tent or other structure.
Example sentences
  • The candid, skittish drums and guitar spirals of the powerful ‘Overleaf’ are tethered to the guy rope of acoustic strum and would seem hindered were the guitar foundations linear rather than textural.
  • There were big deals just beyond me, zooming in then out then in again in a mad giddy rush while I let a guy rope down from the scaffolding I'd constructed as a kind of house.
  • I suppose I could put a guy rope on him but why should I?

verb

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Secure with a line or lines: it was set on concrete footings and guyed with steel cable
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  • Proper guying of the vertical should also be thought-out as it is more difficult to find good guying anchor points.
  • Each mast was lifted and guyed with the two permanent backstays and two temporary forestays.

Origin

late Middle English: probably of Low German origin; related to Dutch gei 'brail' and German Geitaue 'brails'.

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  • Expressions such as fall guy, wise guy and tough guy are all American in origin, and it used only to be Americans who called men (and now women) guys at all. This use of the word dates from the late 19th century, as a development of an earlier sense applied to a person of grotesque appearance. Before it came to be applied to people, though, the word was used—as it still is today—to describe an effigy of Guy Fawkes, one of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators and Catholic extremists who intended to blow up James I and his parliament in 1605. People traditionally burn a Guy on a bonfire each year on 5 November, the anniversary of the plot. To guy someone is now to make fun of them, but it was previously to carry an effigy of them around the streets. It came from the practice of guying, or carrying a Guy around on 5 November. The guy rope on a tent is unconnected, and probably comes from a German word.

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