Definition of guv in English:

guv

noun

British
informal
  • (as a form of address) sir.

    ‘‘Excuse me, guv,’ he began’
    • ‘No strings, guv, honest - they won't cost you a bean.’
    • ‘The guv frequently chats up his ambitious plan to reinvent the commonwealth as a national - even global - leader in clean energy.’
    • ‘No, guv, it musta been some other cat wot done it.’
    • ‘He pines for the old mythology of a clean, civilised Rome - no unwashed masses here, guv - no matter how preposterous it is in light of the evidence.’
    • ‘I don't expect to see an article quoting the queen as saying, ‘Wotcher say 'bout that then, eh, guv?’’
    • ‘Unless, of course, it's talking about buying the services of a lumpen eared crew in a white transit so as you can really boss it about your manor, guv.’
    • ‘As he says: ‘You wouldn't want to find yourself in the shower with one, would you, guv?’’
    • ‘Spare any chord change for a cuppa, guv?’
    • ‘One such, who is nicknamed by his former friends as Terrible Terry, took to pestering strangers on the beach with the phrase, ‘Excuse me, guv, could you help out a fellow countryman who has fallen on hard times?’’
    • ‘It's as simple as that, guv - no engineering work required!’
    • ‘I was only trying to protect my shareholders, guv!’
    • ‘I replied, ‘Don't ask me guv, I'm trying to lose weight myself.’’
    • ‘I'd shopped and I wrapped all my gifts full of love for our five picky teens, the black Lab and the guv.’
    • ‘I didn't jinx the football results with my rant yesterday, honest, guv!’
    • ‘He shrugs off the incessant scrutiny, and says: ‘Not me, guv.’’
    • ‘The perpetrators - civil servants, architects, contractors, the Scottish Executive and the ‘Corporate Body’ are all saying: ‘sorry guv - I just work here’.’
    • ‘The guv was forced to hold a press conference, at which he explained that the whole thing was ‘totally coincidental.’’
    • ‘She said that Wilcox, of no fixed address, told the officer: ‘Sorry, guv.’’
    • ‘The problem is that this panel has apparently insisted that the guv should guarantee the safety of traditional and organic farming methods and compensate those farmers in the event of contamination.’
    • ‘‘Sorry guv,’ came the reply, ‘all my fancy wrapping materials are in my store up by the Strand and I can't leave the barrow.’’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of guv'nor.

Pronunciation

guv

/ɡʌv/