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Noun, Verb (transitive)


Noun guy has 3 senses

Verb guy has 2 senses


guyn. [Sp. guia guide, a guy or small rope used on board of ships to keep weighty things in their places; of Teutonic origin, and the same word as E. guide. See Guide, and cf. Gye.].
     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.  [1913 Webster]
guyv. t. 
     To steady or guide with a guy.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A grotesque effigy, like that of Guy Fawkes, dressed up in England on the fifth of November, the day of the Gunpowder Plot.  [1913 Webster]
    "The lady . . . who dresses like a guy."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A person of queer looks or dress.  Dickens.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A man or young man; a fellow; -- usually contrasted with gals or girls as, it was fun for both the guys and gals; the guys were watching football while the girls played bridge.  [PJC]
  •  A member of a group of either sex, usually a friend or comrade; -- usually used in the pl.; as, tell the guys to come inside; are any of you guys interested in a game of tennis?.  [PJC]
guyv. t. 
     To fool; to baffle; to make (a person) an object of ridicule.  [1913 Webster]


guy, n. & v.
1 colloq. a man; a fellow.
2 (usu. in pl.) US a person of either sex.
3 Brit. an effigy of Guy Fawkes in ragged clothing, burnt on a bonfire on 5 Nov.
4 Brit. a grotesquely dressed person.
1 ridicule.
2 exhibit in effigy.

guy, n. & v.
--n. a rope or chain to secure a tent or steady a crane-load etc.
--v.tr. secure with a guy or guys.

prob. of LG orig.: cf. LG & Du. gei brail etc.



Adamite, advocate, alpenstock, arm, athletic supporter, back, backbone, backing, bandeau, bastard, bearer, being, bird, bloke, body, boy, bra, brace, bracer, bracket, brassiere, buck, bugger, buttress, cane, caricature, carrier, cat, cervix, chap, character, corset, creature, crook, crutch, customer, duck, dude, earthling, feller, fellow, foundation garment, fulcrum, gazebo, gee, geezer, gent, gentleman, girdle, groundling, guywire, hand, he, head, homo, human, human being, individual, jasper, jock, jockstrap, joker, lad, lampoon, life, living soul, mainstay, maintainer, make fun of, man, mast, mock, mortal, neck, nose, one, party, person, personage, personality, poke fun at, prop, reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, rest, resting place, rib, ridicule, rigging, satirize, send up, shoulder, shroud, single, somebody, someone, soul, spine, sprit, staff, standing rigging, stave, stay, stick, stiffener, strengthener, stud, support, supporter, sustainer, take off, tellurian, terran, upholder, walking stick, worldling, youth




N connection, vinculum, link, connective, connection, junction, bond of union, copula, hyphen, intermedium, bracket, bridge, stepping-stone, isthmus, bond, tendon, tendril, fiber, cord, cordage, riband, ribbon, rope, guy, cable, line, halser, hawser, painter, moorings, wire, chain, string, fastener, fastening, tie, ligament, ligature, strap, tackle, rigging, standing rigging, running rigging, traces, harness, yoke, band ribband, bandage, brace, roller, fillet, inkle, with, withe, withy, thong, braid, girder, tiebeam, girth, girdle, cestus, garter, halter, noose, lasso, surcingle, knot, running knot, cabestro, cinch, lariat, legadero, oxreim, suspenders, pin, corking pin, nail, brad, tack, skewer, staple, corrugated fastener, clamp, U-clamp, C-clamp, cramp, cramp iron, ratchet, detent, larigo, pawl, terret, treenail, screw, button, buckle, clasp, hasp, hinge, hank, catch, latch, bolt, latchet, tag, tooth, hook, hook and eye, lock, holdfast, padlock, rivet, anchor, grappling iron, trennel, stake, post, cement, glue, gum, paste, size, wafer, solder, lute, putty, birdlime, mortar, stucco, plaster, grout, viscum, shackle, rein, prop.


N prison, prison house, jail, gaol, cage, coop, den, cell, stronghold, fortress, keep, donjon, dungeon, Bastille, oubliette, bridewell, house of correction, hulks, tollbooth, panopticon, penitentiary, guardroom, lockup, hold, round house, watch house, station house, sponging house, station, house of detention, black hole, pen, fold, pound, inclosure, isolation (exclusion), penal settlement, penal colony, bilboes, stocks, limbo, quod, calaboose, chauki, choky, thana, workhouse, Newgate, Fleet, Marshalsea, King's Bench, Queen's Bench, bond, bandage, irons, pinion, gyve, fetter, shackle, trammel, manacle, handcuff, straight jacket, strait jacket, strait-jacket, strait-waistcoat, hopples, vice, vise, yoke, collar, halter, harness, muzzle, gag, bit, brake, curb, snaffle, bridle, rein, reins, bearing rein, martingale, leading string, tether, picket, band, guy, chain, cord, cavesson, hackamore, headstall, jaquima, lines, ribbons, bolt, deadbolt, bar, lock, police lock, combination lock, padlock, rail, wall, stone wall, paling, palisade, fence, picket fence, barbed wire fence, Cyclone fence, stockade fence, chain-link fence, barrier, barricade, drag.

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