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Etymology 1

From Template:Fro {{ Template:Fro/script |[[guie#Template:Fro|guie]]|face=term|lang=fro}}.

Noun

Guy (plural [[Guys#|Guys]])
  1. (Articlesobsolete and rare) A guide; a leader or conductor.
  2. (Articlesprimarily nautical) A support rope or cable used to guide, steady or secure something which is being hoisted or lowered. Also 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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Verb

Guy (third-person singular simple present [[Guys#|Guys]], present participle [[Guying#|Guying]], simple past and past participle [[Guyed#|Guyed]])
  1. To equip with a support cable.
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Etymology 2

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

Noun

Guy (plural [[Guys#|Guys]])
  1. (ArticlesUK) An effigy of a man burned on a bonfire on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (5th November).
  2. (Articlesarchaic) A person of eccentric appearance or dress.
    • W. S. Gilbert
      The lady .{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}} who dresses like a guy.
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  3. (Articlescolloquial) A male
    A new guy started at the office today.
    Jane considers that guy to be very good looking.
  4. (ArticlescolloquialArticles, in the plural) people
    I wonder what those guys are doing with that cat?
  5. (ArticlescolloquialArticles, of animals and sometimes objects) thing, creature
    The dog's left foreleg was broken, poor little guy.
  6. (ArticlescolloquialArticles,
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  1. This guy, here, controls the current, and this guy, here, measures the voltage.
  2. (ArticlesinformalArticles, term of address) Buster, Mack, fella
    Hey, guy, give a man a break, would ya?
Usage notes
  • 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.
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Verb

Guy (third-person singular simple present [[Guys#|Guys]], present participle [[Guying#|Guying]], simple past and past participle [[Guyed#|Guyed]])
  1. (Articlesintransitive) To exhibit an effigy of Guy Fawkes around the 5th November.
  2. (Articlestransitive) 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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