Sense: 1-2, 4-5
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Guy Fawkes (1570-1606), who tried to blow up the English parliament.
Sense: 3
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from Dutch gei 'type of rope'


guy S1 W3 [countable]
1 informal a man [= bloke]:
Dave's a nice guy when you get to know him.
Jake's a real tough guy.
2TMC British English a model of a man burnt every year on Guy Fawkes' Night, in Britain
3 also guy ropeDLO a rope that stretches from the top or side of a tent or pole to the ground to keep it in the right position


[plural] American English spoken used when talking to or about a group of people, male or female:
Hey you guys! Where are you going?

no more Mr Nice Guy!

spoken used to say that you will stop trying to behave honestly and fairly

➔ wise guy

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