Other forms: guys; guyed; guying

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 “tie to” and not just physically. It’s almost like a “guide” which comes from Old French guie, and ultimately from a Germanic root. The sense attributed to a person or a fellow comes from two sources: a French proper name for a male (related to Guido in Italian) and 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
    “the guy's only doing it for some doll”
    synonyms: 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)
    synonyms: 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
    synonyms: 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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