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guy1

guy1

 
 
pronunciation:
gaI
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word History
part of speech: noun
definition 1: (informal) a male person; man; fellow.
Her boyfriend is a pretty nice guy.
similar words:
boy, cat, stiff
definition 2: (pl., informal) people of either sex.
Why don't you guys come with us?
similar words:
cat
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Word History
In London, in 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested for planning to blow up the Houses of Parliament. His failure is still celebrated every year on the fifth of November, which is known in England as "Guy Fawkes Day." On this day, "guys" made by stuffing an old suit with straw are wheeled around town and then tossed into bonfires. The word guy came to be used for a poorly dressed person in the 1800s. Soon after that, it became used in a more general way for a man or fellow.