from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rope, cord, or cable used to steady, guide, or secure something.
- transitive v. To steady, guide, or secure with a rope, cord, or cable.
- n. Informal A man; a fellow.
- n. Informal Persons of either sex.
- n. Chiefly British A person of odd or grotesque appearance or dress.
- n. An effigy of Guy Fawkes paraded through the streets of English towns and burned on Guy Fawkes Day.
- transitive v. To hold up to ridicule; mock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A guide; a leader or conductor.
- n. A support rope or cable used to guide, steady or secure something which is being hoisted or lowered. Also a support to secure or steady something prone to shift its position or be carried away, e.g. the mast of a ship or a suspension-bridge.
- v. To equip with a support cable.
- n. An effigy of a man burned on a bonfire on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (5th November).
- n. A male
- n. people
- n. thing, creature
- n. thing, unit
- n. Buster, Mack, fella
- v. To exhibit an effigy of Guy Fawkes around the 5th November.
- v. To make fun of, to ridicule with wit or innuendo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rope, chain, or rod attached to anything to steady it; as: a rope to steady or guide an object which is being hoisted or lowered; a rope which holds in place the end of a boom, spar, or yard in a ship; a chain or wire rope connecting a suspension bridge with the land on either side to prevent lateral swaying; a rod or rope attached to the top of a structure, as of a derrick, and extending obliquely to the ground, where it is fastened.
- transitive v. To steady or guide with a guy.
- n. A grotesque effigy, like that of Guy Fawkes, dressed up in England on the fifth of November, the day of the Gunpowder Plot.
- n. A person of queer looks or dress.
- n. A man or young man; a fellow; -- usually contrasted with
- n. A member of a group of either sex, usually a friend or comrade; -- usually used in the pl..
- transitive v. To fool; to baffle; to make (a person) an object of ridicule.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To guide.
- In nautical and mechanical use, to keep in place, steady, or direct by means of a guy.
- n. A rope or other appliance used to steady something.
- n. A grotesque effigy intended to represent Guy Fawkes, the chief conspirator in the gunpowder plot.
- n. Hence A person grotesque in dress, looks, or manners; a dowdy; a “fright.”
- To treat as a guy; jeer at or make fun of; ridicule.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an informal term for a youth or man
- v. subject to laughter or ridicule
- v. steady or support with a guy wire or cable
- n. an effigy of Guy Fawkes that is burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
- n. a cable, wire, or rope that is used to brace something (especially a tent)
Partly from Middle English gie, guide, guy (from Old French guie, from guier, to guide; see weid- in Indo-European roots) and partly from Low German; akin to Dutch gei, brail.
After Guy Fawkes.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French guie. (Wiktionary)
Named from Guy Fawkes (1570-1606), an English Catholic hanged for his role in the Gunpowder Plot. (Wiktionary)