Definition of guv in US English:

guv

noun

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

    ‘“Excuse me, guv,” he began’
    • ‘It's as simple as that, guv - no engineering work required!’
    • ‘The guv was forced to hold a press conference, at which he explained that the whole thing was ‘totally coincidental.’’
    • ‘No, guv, it musta been some other cat wot done it.’
    • ‘Spare any chord change for a cuppa, guv?’
    • ‘The guv frequently chats up his ambitious plan to reinvent the commonwealth as a national - even global - leader in clean energy.’
    • ‘I was only trying to protect my shareholders, guv!’
    • ‘I replied, ‘Don't ask me guv, I'm trying to lose weight myself.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I didn't jinx the football results with my rant yesterday, honest, guv!’
    • ‘He shrugs off the incessant scrutiny, and says: ‘Not me, guv.’’
    • ‘I don't expect to see an article quoting the queen as saying, ‘Wotcher say 'bout that then, eh, guv?’’
    • ‘She said that Wilcox, of no fixed address, told the officer: ‘Sorry, guv.’’
    • ‘No strings, guv, honest - they won't cost you a bean.’
    • ‘I'd shopped and I wrapped all my gifts full of love for our five picky teens, the black Lab and the 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.’’
    • ‘As he says: ‘You wouldn't want to find yourself in the shower with one, would you, 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?’’
    • ‘The perpetrators - civil servants, architects, contractors, the Scottish Executive and the ‘Corporate Body’ are all saying: ‘sorry guv - I just work here’.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of guv'nor.

Pronunciation

guv

/ɡəv//ɡəv/