Meaning of guy


A guy is a dude, a boy, a man, or really anybody. It’s an informal way to refer to a person, especially a male. But a group of people can be guys, even if they’re all female.

Hey guys! Another meaning of guy comes from a guy rope, which is basically a rope that supports something like a tent to a pole. What a guy! So to guy means “to support,” or “tied to” and not just physically. It’s almost like “guide.” The word comes from Guy Fawkes, who famously plotted to blow up Parliament in 1605 and is still burned in effigy yearly on the British Guy Fawkes Day.

Definitions of guy
  1. noun

    an informal term for a youth or man

    “a nice
    guy’s only doing it for some doll”

    bozo, cat, hombre

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    an informal British term for a youth or man
    type of:

    adult male, man

    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)

  2. noun

    a cable, wire, or rope that is used to brace something (especially a tent)


    guy cable, guy rope, guy wire

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    type of:

    brace, bracing

    a structural member used to stiffen a framework

  3. verb

    steady or support with a guy wire or cable

    “The Italians
    guyed the Tower of Pisa to prevent it from collapsing”
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    type of:

    brace, stabilise, stabilize, steady

    support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace

  4. verb

    subject to laughter or ridicule


    blackguard, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast

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    mock or make fun of playfully
    lampoon, satirise, satirize

    ridicule with satire
    debunk, expose

    expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas

    cause to appear foolish
    uncloak, unmask

    reveal the true nature of
    type of:

    bemock, mock

    treat with contempt

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