Definition of guy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡaɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡaɪ//
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  1. 1  [countable] (informal) a man a big/nice/tough guy a Dutch guy At the end of the film the bad guy gets shot. see also fall guy, wise guy
  2. 2guys [plural] (informal, especially North American English) a group of people of either sex Come on, you guys, let's get going!
  3. 3[countable] (in Britain) a model of a man dressed in old clothes that is burned on a bonfire on 5 November during the celebrations for Bonfire Night
  4. 4(also guy rope) [countable] a rope used to keep a pole or tent in a vertical position See related entries: Camping
  5. Word Originsenses 1 to 3 early 19th cent. (in sense (3)): named after Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up James I and the Houses of Parliament on 5 November 1605.sense 4 late Middle English: probably of Low German origin; related to Dutch gei ‘brail’ and German Geitaue ‘brails’ (small ropes used to bring down the sail or mast of a boat).Extra examples Colleagues described the killer as ‘just a regular guy’. The poor guy is worn out. At the end of the film, the bad guy gets shot. He seemed like a nice guy. It was made by a guy called Alan Webster.Idioms (informal) a way of describing a man who is very honest and thinks about the wishes and feelings of other people I was tired of helping other people. From now on it was no more Mr Nice Guy (= I would stop being pleasant and kind).
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