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Learning video for “guy” | Joshua’s English Dictionary

Guy – Definition & Meaning summary

  1. A man.
  2. A person of strange looks or dress.
  3. (plural “guys”) A group of people, male or female.
  4. A rope used on tent or pole to keep weighty things in their places.

Joshua’s Seven-Step Method

Let’s learn the English vocabulary “guy” by using our Seven-Step Method for effective learning.

Step 1: How to pronounce “guy” in English

Can you pronounce this word correctly?

The answer is this.

  • American : /ɡaɪ/
  • British : /ɡaɪ/
Step 2: The Word Origin

This word, “guy” is derived from Old French “guier.”

It means “a rope, chain, or rod attached to anything to steady it.”

Also, Guillam (French for William) was a very common name that it became synonyms with the average man.

The modern meaning of “a person of strange looks or dress” is derived from “Guy Fawkes” who was involved in a plot to blow up Westminster Palace in England on November 5th in 1605. Since then, the English have burned an effigy of him on Bonfire Night.

So, from the Word Origin, “a man” is the essential meaning of “guy”.

Note: “blow up” means “to burst forth with sudden violence and noise.”

Note: “effigy” means “the image, likeness, or representation of a person, whether a full figure, or a part: an imitative figure.”

Step 3: Definition

The modern usages of this word are:

First meaning, a man.

For example – She is standing behind that guy in the white suit.

Second meaning, a person of strange looks or dress.

For example – He is a strange guy.

Third meaning, (plural “guys”) a group of people, male or female.

For example – Do you guys want to go hang out with Joey Donuts?

Note: “hang out” means “spend one’s free time in relaxing or idly.”

Fourth meaning, a rope used on tent or pole to keep weighty things in their places.

For example – There is good YouTube Video which shows the importance of using guylines when putting up tents.

Step 4: Derived words or Related words


Step 5: Word forming elements and application examples


Step 6: Collocation

A collocation is the natural connection of words.

Used as a Noun.



He’s a tough guy, but not too smart.



She said that she will only date a guy with money.

Step 7: Commonly used Word Pairings and phrases

guy who

I met a guy who can help you get a good deal on a used car.

Note: “get a good deal” means “buy at a discount.”

guy in

I could ask a guy in our office to help you paint your house this weekend.

guys who

He knows some guys who always play poker on weekends.

guys have

Those guys have been causing trouble in the neighborhood.

guys with

In Texas, I saw guys with guns on their shoulders walking down the street.

guys in

The guys in that car look like gangsters.

guys do

Those guys do not like guys like you.

guy on

I saw a guy on the train who was so fat he took up three seats.

Note: In this sentence “take up” means “to occupy: to fill the space of.”

guys like

Guys like him usually die young.

guy like

I once knew a guy like him.

guy named

Do you know a guy named Joseph Milano?

guy you

That guy you were just talking to is a mafia hit-man.

guy has

That guy has killed twenty-five people.

you guys

Do you guys want to go hang out with Joey Donuts?

guys don’t

Most guys don’t like watching ballet.

kind of guy

He’s the kind of guy who secretly enjoys watching ballet.

do you guys

Do you guys want to form a doo-wop group like Sha-na-na?

Note: “Doo-wop” is a genre of rhythm and blues music that originated in African-American communities.”

Note: “Sha-na-na” is an American rock and roll doo-wop group.

with a guy

She went on a date with a guy who worked as a lion tamer in the circus.

Note: “tamer” means “one who tames wild animals.”

with this guy

What’s with this guy wearing that T-shirt in here?

for a guy

I’m looking for a guy who is good at picking locks.

Note: “pick a lock” means “open a lock using an instrument without proper key.”

did you guys

Did you guys hear what happened to Joey Donuts yesterday?

lot of guys

I know a lot of guys who are tougher than you.

see you guys

See you guys tomorrow!

with you guys

What’s with you guys? Stop acting so crazy.

for you guys

I’d do anything for you guys.

Note: “I’d” is an abbreviation of “I had, I should, or I would.”

one of the guys

He’s okay. Just one of the guys.

I know you guys

I know you guys have good connections in the construction business.

Note: Recently “guys” can refer to a group consisting males and females.

As in, I love you guys.

Great job!

You now have mastered the word “guy.”