"guy" Definition

Definitions for the word "guy" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. 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.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
2. v. t.
To steady or guide with a guy.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
3. n.
A grotesque effigy, like that of Guy Fawkes, dressed up in England on the fifth of November, the day of the Gunpowder Plot.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
4. n.
A person of queer looks or dress.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
5. v. t.
To fool; to baffle; to make (a person) an object of ridicule.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
6. n.
1 colloq. Man; fellow. 2 effigy of guy fawkes burnt on 5 nov. v. Ridicule. [guy fawkes, name of a conspirator]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
7. n.
Rope or chain to secure a tent or steady a crane-load etc. v. Secure with a guy or guys. [probably low german]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
8. slang
a fright, a dowdy, an ill-dressed person. Derived from the effigy of Guy Fawkes carried about by boys on Nov. 5. “Hollo, boys, another GUY!”
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864
9. slang
to get away. Same as HEDGE in street phraseology, which _see_.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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