• WordNet 3.6
    • v guy steady or support with a guy wire or cable "The Italians guyed the Tower of Pisa to prevent it from collapsing"
    • v guy subject to laughter or ridicule "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house","The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher","His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"
    • n guy a cable, wire, or rope that is used to brace something (especially a tent)
    • n Guy an effigy of Guy Fawkes that is burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
    • n guy an informal term for a youth or man "a nice guy","the guy's only doing it for some doll"
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Crowd for Guy Fawkes Crowd for Guy Fawkes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The cartoon character Popeye was actually based on a real person named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel who was a tough guy who was quite similar to Popeye physically
    • guy A grotesque effigy, like that of Guy Fawkes, dressed up in England on the fifth of November, the day of the Gunpowder Plot. "The lady . . . who dresses like a guy ."
    • guy 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.
    • guy 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?.
    • guy A person of queer looks or dress.
    • n guy 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.
    • v. t Guy To fool; to baffle; to make (a person) an object of ridicule.
    • v. t guy To steady or guide with a guy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Calling for shutgun comes form the Western Days when in the wagon the guy sitting next to the driver held a Shotgun for protection.
    • guy To guide.
    • guy In nautical and mechanical use, to keep in place, steady, or direct by means of a guy.
    • n guy A rope or other appliance used to steady something. Especially— A rope attached to an object which is being hoisted or lowered, to steady it.
    • n guy A grotesque effigy intended to represent Guy Fawkes, the chief conspirator in the gunpowder plot. Such an effigy was formerly burned annually in England, on the 5th of November, the anniversary of the discovery of the gunpowder plot. See gunpowder plot, under gunpowder.
    • n guy Hence A person grotesque in dress, looks, or manners; a dowdy; a “fright.”
    • guy To treat as a guy; jeer at or make fun of; ridicule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gaetano Albert "Guy" Lombardo did the first New Year's Eve broadcast of "Auld Lang Syne," from the Roosevelt Grill in New York City in 1929/1930.
    • n Guy (naut.) a rope to steady any suspended weight
    • v.t Guy to keep in position by a guy
    • n Guy an effigy of Guy Fawkes, dressed up grotesquely on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (5th Nov.): an odd figure.
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  • George Glass
    George Glass
    “An actor is a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening.”
  • Laurence Fishburne
    Laurence Fishburne
    “I've played a lot of bad guys, 'cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went Oooh.”
  • Christopher Walken
    Christopher Walken
    “I tend to play mostly villains and twisted people. Unsavory guys. I think it's my face, the way I look.”
  • George Bush
    George Bush
    “What's wrong with being a boring kind of guy?”
  • Bill Robinson
    Bill Robinson
    “A good hitting instructor is able to mold his teaching to the individual. If a guy stands on his head, you perfect that.”
  • Lou Brock
    Lou Brock
    “Show me a guy who is afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.”


Go-to guy - A go-to guy is a person whose knowledge of something is considerable so everyone wants to go to him or her for information or results.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Words are resounding blows and smacking kisses to Guy de Maupassant.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
He ain't no easy-goin' guy like wot I am.
"The Life of the Party" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
And a regular guy means, I presume, a reliable or respectable guy.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
You will, won't you, Jack and Guy?
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
I seen a guy deal a straight flush to himself and no one savvied he'd got the pack sandpapered.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
Sir Guy is my witness that he found me quite by chance.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
With him came Malster, and one of the junior secretaries of Bullion Ltd., a certain Guy Tyrrell.
"Too Old for Dolls" by Anthony Mario Ludovici
When Guy comes of age he must break the entail and sell the estate.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
I'll take no chances that some fresh guy might try to start something.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
The guy was almost pathetic.
"The Weakling" by Everett B. Cole
His name was Guy of Gisborne, and he hailed from the borders of Lancashire.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Guy was home for the holidays, and that was splendid.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
Of the best the world contained, he, Guy Landers, would partake.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
Guy Morrow sank back in his chair, and after the warm glow which had surged up so suddenly within him, a chill crept about his heart.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
A harmless little guy with a great love of solitude, a guy who hadn't a malicious hair in his head.
"The Man the Martians Made" by Frank Belknap Long
Of Guy of Warwick, the great warrior and hero, I shall tell you more when we are at Guy's Cliff, where he lived.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
You're sure a wise guy, Zip.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
He stops dead in the street, gazin' up at the big buildin's and then down at the crowds like a guy in a trance.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
But I 'll bet I 've had the toughest luck of any guy that ever lived.
"Checkers" by Henry M. Blossom
To Guy's surprise, Melton did not believe that he had been singled out to accompany Guy.
"Guy in the Jungle" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

Robin was rechles on a roote,
And stumbled at that tyde,
And Guy was quicke and nimble withall,
And hitt him ore the left side.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
"For yonder I heare Sir Guyes horne blow,
Itt blowes soe well in tyde,
For yonder comes that wighty yeoman,
Cladd in his capulll-hyde.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
Robin sett Guyes horne to his mouth,
A lowd blast in it he did blow;
That beheard the sheriffe of Nottingham,
As he leaned under a lowe.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
Let us leave talking of Little John,
For hee is bound fast to a tree,
And talke of Guy and Robin Hood,
In the green woode where they bee.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
Robin pulled forth an Irish kniffe,
And nicked Sir Guy in the face,
That hee was never on a woman borne
Cold tell who Sir Guye was.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
He tooke Sir Guys head by the hayre,
And sticked itt on his bowes end:
"Thous hast beene traytor all thy liffe,
Which thing must have an ende."
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British

In news:

According to Tony Maws, who describes himself as "more of a butter guy than an olive-oil guy," some butter also softens the edge.
The guys got around to watching a video of the first round of the Men's 3000M Steeplechase from last Friday (Aug. Why were the guys interested in something that happened during one of the least entertaining of all the Olympic events.
While I like all our "Guys Read" or "Guys Lit Wire" sites here in the US, the UK has us beat in the moniker department.
"Why would a guy want to marry another guy.".
You could be the scrawniest guy in town, but your Colt was just as deadly as the big guys'.
'Is he a good guy or a bad guy.
Soul Calibur V In Soul Calibur V, your guys fights another guy.
It's a film about a guy who says yes to everything (as opposed to a guy who lies about everything).
There is always the one guy or person on a flight who is "won't follow the rules guy".
Pete Wells of the New York Times hilariously slaughters Guy Fieri's 500-seat Guy's American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square.
OK, so long ago it became totally routine to see TV on the Radio guy and Brazilian Girls guy hanging around Billyburg.
No one wants to be the guy in camp , and no one wants a guy in camp , who has a reputation for wounding game.
As each day goes by in the fiscal cliff debate, President Obama becomes stronger among the masses that view this as a fight between very rich guys against little guys barely making ends meet.
The vessel also will receive a Guy's Burger Joint, a hamburger outlet developed with the Food Network's Guy Fieri that Carnival has been rolling out across its fleet, and one of Carnival 's signature BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eateries.
I know there are a lot of guys – Colin Kaepernick, RG3, Cam Newton – a lot of those guys have had some success with it.

In science:

MYT07] Mythbusters television show, The Discovery Channel (2007). These guys use pneumatic devices to launch all sorts of projectiles over a wide range of velocities.
A method for testing bullets at reduced velocity
Guy, Products Taken over Primes §B87 in Unsolved Problems in Number Theory, 2nd ed.
A Brief Note on the Riemann hypothesis II
While calling the rich guy the prisoner realizes that he might not tell him the right place and in doing so he could loose his diamond, while the rich guy gets both the money and the diamond.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
The rich guy could do the same, in his worst case he keeps his money and in the best case he keeps the money and the diamond.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
If we look closely at both the examples given, we notice something truly amazing, there are no winners or losers in each of the cases, people end up with the same they started with (in case of the rich guy and prisoner example).
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
One can estimate the colour smearing as a function of wavelength (Guy et al. 2010), and find that the B,V,R region is less scattered than bluer bands.
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
Guy et al. (2005, 2007) derive Cl for SNe Ia and find it significantly different from Cardelli laws.
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
The brighterbluer relation can again be measured for supernovae (by minimising the Hubble diagram residuals), and one finds a value around 3.2 (Guy et al. 2010), significantly smaller than 4.1.
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
As noted above, the data scatters around these empirical modelling of SNe Ia colour relations beyond measurement uncertainties (Guy et al. 2007, 2010).
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
This is conservative in view of currently obtained precisions in the visible (see Regnault et al. 2009, and Guy et al. 2010 for the total uncertainty).
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
One might be surprised that calibration uncertainties do not ruin the proposed survey since current ground-based supernova surveys face calibration-induced uncertainties comparable to statistics with “only” a few hundred events (Guy et al. 2010; Conley et al. 2010).
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
Blvd., “Whazza maddah with that guy?” and proceeded down the road to the Pasadena freeway at highly variable speeds, not maintaining his lane well, and already talking about physics.
CHARM2010: Theory Summary
A more careful treatment that takes various effects (such as multiple scatterings) into account results in a rate that is somewhat different from that in Eq. (37) (we would like to thank Guy Moore for clarifying this issue).
Non-perturbative production of matter and rapid thermalization after MSSM inflation
Figueroa, Andrei Linde and Guy Moore for helpful discussions.
Non-perturbative production of matter and rapid thermalization after MSSM inflation
Guy, Winning Ways (two volumes), Academic Press, London, 1982.
Multivision: an intractable impartial game with a linear winning strategy