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noun (1)

: man, fellow
: person
used in plural to refer to the members of a group regardless of sex
saw her and the rest of the guys
: individual, creature
The other dogs pale in comparison to this little guy.
often capitalized : a grotesque effigy of Guy Fawkes traditionally displayed and burned in England on Guy Fawkes Day
chiefly British : a person of grotesque appearance


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noun (2)

: a rope, chain, rod, or wire attached to something as a brace or guide

called also guyline


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verb (1)

guyed; guying; guys

transitive verb

: to steady or reinforce with a guy


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verb (2)

guyed; guying; guys

transitive verb

: to make fun of : ridicule

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In England, November 5—Guy Fawkes Day—is celebrated by setting off fireworks and lighting bonfires. Human likenesses made of tattered clothes stuffed with hay or rags are burned on the bonfires. The day is named after a 17thcentury man, Guy Fawkes, who led a plot to blow up the British Parliament buildings. Fawkes managed to hide 20 barrels of gunpowder in the cellars of the buildings. However, the plot was discovered before he could carry out his plans. He was seized and later put to death. The human likenesses burned on the fires came to be called guys. The verb guy “to ridicule” is derived from this story also. The use of the word was extended to similar figures and then to a person of strange appearance or dress. In the US, the word came to mean simply “man” and in time “a person of either sex.”

Example Sentences

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Word History


Noun (1)

Guy Fawkes

Noun (2)

probably from Dutch gei brail

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun (2)

1623, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1712, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guy was in 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Guy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 noun
: a rope, chain, rod, or wire attached to something as a brace or guide


2 of 3 verb
guyed; guying
: to steady or strengthen with a guy


3 of 3 noun


probably from Dutch gei "a rope used to control a sail"


named for Guy Fawkes 1570–1606 English criminal

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