Main definitions of guy in English

: guy1guy2

guy1

noun

  • 1informal A man.

    ‘he's a nice guy’
    • ‘I'm a smart guy who has been using technology all my life, so I can follow along pretty well.’
    • ‘He's a nice guy, a regular Joe who thinks that he's fighting the good fight.’
    • ‘He claims they don't have the courage to go after the really tough guys they need to do battle with.’
    • ‘Recently I had a 4 month long relationship with a great guy.’
    • ‘With a roster of tough guys who have some scoring touch, you should have a good team to compete.’
    • ‘He's a gruff, funny guy who knows exactly how to deliver the hokey, disjointed dialogue.’
    • ‘A band of young guys arrived to take a picture of the cafe.’
    • ‘While the young guys wanted a strike, the older ones opposed it, and I hated conflict.’
    • ‘He is a charmer and a funny guy and he is not shy about expressing his feelings.’
    • ‘These pictures are supposed to make you want to hire this guy to do design work or printing for you.’
    • ‘I met a guy who was doing production work on the set..’
    • ‘I want you to meet my friend from Stockholm, he's great guy.’
    • ‘The trophy couldn't have gone to a nicer guy, whose enthusiasm hasn't waned despite his advancing years.’
    • ‘He's a great guy, a phenomenal player, and he's energized us.’
    • ‘He becomes two men, a nice guy by day and a ruthless killer by night, living in both high society and the gutter while wooing two women.’
    • ‘Brendan can be such a smart guy, reading between the lines and all.’
    • ‘It's like he refuses to grow up, but he really is a smart guy.’
    • ‘I've never liked the guy.’
    • ‘Here was a friend, just a regular guy who liked a drink, was a hit with the girls, and had a successful business.’
    • ‘Sure this movie is three years old, but it feels like I haven't seen this guy for a half a millennium.’
    man, fellow, gentleman
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    1. 1.1guys People of either sex.
      ‘you guys want some coffee?’
      • ‘Nobody can stop the bad guys of the world getting guns.’
      • ‘The idea is, guys who appear to be winning don't get that kind of advice.’
      • ‘It is then that I realize that the other guys are walking out of the hotel; damn I am really out of it today!’
      • ‘If you're an amateur musician, when you play with those guys, you realize you're an amateur.’
      • ‘We must be able to look in the mirror and realize that indeed we are the good guys here.’
      • ‘Of course guys from an oil company are going to ridicule that, as they already have.’
      • ‘Everyone agreed this was a good idea, even the guys in the air department.’
      • ‘In short, you know these guys rock, so stop mucking about and go buy.’
      • ‘They shot back in Vietnam for twelve years, until we finally got sick of the whole mess and let the bad guys take over.’
      • ‘Moments later, he realized, those guys are not going to make it out of this.’
      • ‘So, the idea is to break this connection, and let guys like this move on.’
      • ‘If you have not yet seen these guys live, it will give you an idea of how incredible they are on stage.’
      • ‘These guys have been playing together their whole lives, and it shows in their musical ability.’
      • ‘If you listen and you read his book about soft power, it is ridiculed by these guys.’
      • ‘But basically, there is this idea that you guys are out doing your job and you're there to help them.’
      • ‘I work with a bunch of peculiar, eccentric guys who have a lot of really strange ideas.’
      • ‘These guys have to learn to stop their bellyaching, and trust the American public.’
      • ‘Lead by James, this band of brothers will do anything to put a stop to these bad guys - even if it means going to war!’
      • ‘That way their hinders are covered if they don't manage to stop the bad guys in time.’
      • ‘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.

    effigy of guy fawkes
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make fun of; ridicule.

    ‘he didn't realize I was guying the whole idea’
    • ‘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 (in guy (sense 2 of the noun)): named after Guy Fawkes (see Gunpowder Plot).

Pronunciation

guy

/ɡī//ɡaɪ/

Main definitions of guy in English

: guy1guy2

guy2

noun

  • A rope or line fixed to the ground to secure a tent or other structure.

    • ‘I suppose I could put a guy rope on him but why should I?’
    • ‘Judges are looking for taught guy ropes and all tent pegs where they should be, otherwise time penalties are imposed.’
    • ‘We covered up the skidoos with their nylon covers and secured them by anchoring them with tent pegs and guy ropes.’
    • ‘Matthews held the guy rope and gave him some play as he walked down the ships side to the final hole.’
    • ‘A guy rope had come loose and it was at the mercy of the wind.’
    • ‘The weakest point in this guy rope setup is the cam on the ascender.’
    • ‘Tyson suddenly got angry and stood up quickly, tackling the unknown guy to the ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a few seconds I eyed the guy rope: it'd be so easy to cut it, float away over another world.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Secure with a line or lines.

    ‘it was set on concrete footings and guyed with steel cable’
    • ‘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’.

Pronunciation

guy

/ɡī//ɡaɪ/