guy Definition

  • 1a man
  • 2a person of either sex
  • 3a figure representing Guy Fawkes, burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night

Using guy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "guy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He's a nice guy.

  • Example

    She's one of the guys.

  • Example

    Hey, you guys!

  • Example

    They burned a guy on the bonfire.

guy Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for guy

Idioms Using guy

  • to be lenient or forgiving towards someone


    Come on, give the guy a break. He's been working hard all week.

  • an ordinary or typical person, often used to refer to someone who lives nearby


    He's just the guy next door, nothing special about him.

  • be a straight shooter (or talker) / be a stand-up guy

    to be honest and trustworthy


    I can always count on him to be a straight shooter and tell me the truth.

Phrases with guy

  • a villain or antagonist in a story or situation


    The bad guy in the movie was finally defeated by the hero.

  • a man who is kind and considerate towards others, often used ironically to describe someone who is not successful in romantic relationships


    He's a nice guy, but he always finishes last.

  • a person who is blamed or punished for the wrongdoings or mistakes of others


    He was just a fall guy for the real criminals.

Origins of guy

originally used as a term for an effigy of Guy Fawkes, from the name 'Guy'


Summary: guy in Brief

The word 'guy' [ɡaɪ] refers to a man or a person of either sex. It can also refer to an effigy of Guy Fawkes burned on Guy Fawkes Night. The term is used in phrases like 'nice guy' and idioms like 'give a guy a break,' meaning to be lenient or forgiving towards someone. 'Guy' can also be used to describe a typical person, as in 'the guy next door.'

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