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guv'nor Syllabification: guv'nor
Pronunciation: /ˈɡəvnər/

Definition of guv'nor in English:


British informal
A man in a position of authority such as one’s employer or father (often used as a term of address): I had a lecture from the guv’nor
More example sentences
  • ‘Officially, in the beginning, he was the guvnor.’
  • Pressley had better be quick as, if he doesn't reach the podium sharpish, he might find his guvnor has already lifted the pot.
  • ‘The guv'nor said he has never had him better,’ said the winning jockey, also landing his first Gold Cup and biggest domestic success to date.


Mid 19th century: representing a nonstandard or colloquial pronunciation.

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