from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Informal A man; a fellow.
  • noun Informal Persons of either sex.
  • noun Chiefly British A person of odd or grotesque appearance or dress.
  • noun An effigy of Guy Fawkes paraded through the streets of English towns and burned on Guy Fawkes Day.
  • transitive verb To hold up to ridicule; mock.
  • noun A rope, cord, or cable used to steady, guide, or secure something.
  • transitive verb To steady, guide, or secure with a rope, cord, or cable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rope or other appliance used to steady something.
  • To guide.
  • In nautical and mechanical use, to keep in place, steady, or direct by means of a guy.
  • noun A grotesque effigy intended to represent Guy Fawkes, the chief conspirator in the gunpowder plot.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 verb To steady or guide with a guy.
  • transitive verb Local & Collog U.S. To fool; to baffle; to make (a person) an object of ridicule.
  • noun A grotesque effigy, like that of Guy Fawkes, dressed up in England on the fifth of November, the day of the Gunpowder Plot.
  • noun Chiefly Brit. slang A person of queer looks or dress.
  • noun Informal A man or young man; a fellow; -- usually contrasted with gals or girls .
  • noun Informal A member of a group of either sex, usually a friend or comrade; -- usually used in the pl..

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A guide; a leader or conductor.
  • noun 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.
  • verb To equip with a support cable.
  • noun UK An effigy of a man burned on a bonfire on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (5th November).
  • noun colloquial A male
  • noun colloquial, in the plural people
  • noun colloquial thing, creature
  • noun colloquial, technology thing, unit
  • noun informal Buster, Mack, fella
  • verb intransitive To exhibit an effigy of Guy Fawkes around the 5th November.
  • verb transitive To make fun of, to ridicule with wit or innuendo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an informal term for a youth or man
  • verb subject to laughter or ridicule
  • verb steady or support with a guy wire or cable
  • noun an effigy of Guy Fawkes that is burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
  • noun a cable, wire, or rope that is used to brace something (especially a tent)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Guy Fawkes.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French guie.

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Named from Guy Fawkes (1570-1606), an English Catholic hanged for his role in the Gunpowder Plot.


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