gi

1 of 6

abbreviation (1)

gill
1
: provided by an official U.S. military supply department
GI shoes
2
: of, relating to, or characteristic of U.S. military personnel
3
: conforming to military regulations or customs
a GI haircut

GI

3 of 6

noun

plural GIs or GI's ˌjē-ˈīz How to pronounce GI (audio)
: a member or former member of the U.S. armed forces
especially : a man enlisted in the army

GI

4 of 6

adverb

: in a strictly regulation manner

GI

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verb

transitive verb

: to clean (something) thoroughly in preparation for or as if for a military inspection
The barracks … were in fine order—they'd been GI'd the night before.New Republic

GI

6 of 6

abbreviation (2)

1
galvanized iron
2
gastrointestinal
3
general issue; government issue
4

Examples of gi in a Sentence

Verb in preparation for one of her mother-in-law's dreaded visits, she had GI'd the whole house
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Doxycycline is more likely to cause GI side effects and sun sensitivity. Megan Nunn, Verywell Health, 12 July 2024 In the wake of World War II, the passage of the GI Bill created a surge in demand for higher education across the country. Sarah Stoller / Made By History, TIME, 11 July 2024 The book will be Bonsall’s 11th, with others including a four-part children’s book series titled The Molly Books and a 2003 book about his parents titled GI Joe and Lillie. Greg Evans, Deadline, 9 July 2024 Ginger helps speed food through the GI tract, promotes stomach emptying, protects the gut microbiome, and can even help reduce bloating and gas. Maria Goldbach, Vogue, 27 June 2024 Probiotics keep your gastrointestinal (GI) system healthy by limiting the growth of bad bacteria and strengthening the microbiome. Dahlia Rimmon, Parents, 24 June 2024 The Inequality Hidden Within the Race-Neutral GI Bill While the GI Bill itself was progressive, much of the country still functioned under both covert and blatant segregation. JSTOR Daily, 24 June 2024 In 1944: President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law what became known as the GI Bill, which provided benefits to help U.S. service members transition back to civilian life through higher education and other training as millions of veterans were returning from World War II. The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2024 Masao’s father Shinichi started the business during WWII servicing European and American cars for foreign GI’s stationed in Japan, and made his son promise him Naito Auto would live for three generations more. Andreas Wiseman, Deadline, 19 June 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

galvanized iron; from abbreviation used in listing such articles as garbage cans, but taken as abbreviation for government issue

First Known Use

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1943, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1949, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gi was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Gi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gi. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

GI

1 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or characteristic of U.S. military forces

GI

2 of 2 noun
plural GIs or GI's
: a member or former member of the U.S. armed forces
Etymology

Adjective

from the abbreviation for galvanized iron used in listing such articles as garbage cans, but mistaken as standing for government issue

Medical Definition

GI

abbreviation
1
gastrointestinal
2
glycemic index

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