Guy vs Guido - What's the difference?

guy | guido |

As nouns the difference between guy and guido

is that guy is (obsolete and rare) a guide; a leader or conductor or guy can be (british) an effigy of a man burned on a bonfire on the anniversary of the gunpowder plot (5th november) while guido is (slang|us|ethnic slur) italian-american male; an american male of italian extraction as a member of the working-class.

As a verb guy

is to equip with a support cable or guy can be to exhibit an effigy of guy fawkes around the 5th november.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) guie.


(en noun)
  • (obsolete and rare) A guide; a leader or conductor.
  • (primarily nautical) A support rope or cable used to guide, steady or secure something which is being hoisted or lowered. Also a support to secure or steady something prone to shift its position or be carried away, e.g. the mast of a ship or a suspension-bridge.
  • Derived terms
    * guy rope * guy wire


    (en verb)
  • To equip with a support cable.
  • Etymology 2

    Named from (1570-1606), an English Catholic hanged for his role in the Gunpowder Plot.


    (en noun)
  • (British) An effigy of a man burned on a bonfire on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (5th November).
  • (archaic) A person of eccentric appearance or dress.
  • * W. S. Gilbert
  • The lady who dresses like a guy .
    (Charles Dickens)
  • (colloquial) A male
  • A new guy started at the office today.
    Jane considers that guy to be very good looking.
  • (colloquial, in the plural) people
  • I wonder what those guys are doing with that cat?
  • (colloquial, of animals and sometimes objects) thing, creature
  • The dog's left foreleg was broken, poor little guy .
  • (colloquial, technology) thing, unit
  • This guy''', here, controls the current, and this '''guy , here, measures the voltage.
  • (informal, term of address) Buster, Mack, fella
  • Hey, guy , give a man a break, would ya?
    Usage notes
    * In plural, guys'' is not completely gender-neutral but it may refer to people of either sex in some circumstances and forms; the greeting "''Hey guys'''''" can generally refer to people of either gender. This usage is not always seen as accurate or correct. Referring to a group as "''guys''" usually means a group of men or a mixed-gender group, since describing a group of women as ''guys'', as in "''the could accurately be described as "''a bunch of '''guys'''''" in slang. The usage of the plural ''guys'' in the phrase "''some '''guys chased them away " would generally be assumed to mean men rather than women. * When used of animals, guy usually refers to either a male or one whose gender is not known; it is rarely if ever used of an animal that is known to be female. * In some varieties of US and Canadian English, you guys '' revives the distinction between a singular and plural ''you'', much like ''y'all in other varieties.
    * (US) (man) dude, fella, homey, bro * (British) (man) bloke, geezer, cove, fellow, chap * See also
    * (male) (l) * (male) (l)
    Derived terms
    * bad guy * good guy * nice guy * nice guys finish last * you guys


    (en verb)
  • To exhibit an effigy of Guy Fawkes around the 5th November.
  • To make fun of, to ridicule with wit or innuendo.
  • * 2003 , Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason , Penguin 2004, p. 278:
  • Swift and other satirists mercilessly guyed the unlettered self-importance of the peddlars of such soul-food, exposing their humility and self-laceration as an egregious and obnoxious form of self-advertisement (s'excuser, c'est s'accuser ).
  • * 2006 , Clive James, North Face of Soho , Picador 2007, p. 187:
  • Terry Kilmartin [...], applauded for every ‘um’ and ‘ah’, knew that he was being guyed and had the charm to make it funny.

    See also

    * gal English terms of address



    (wikipedia Guido)

    Proper noun

  • of (etyl) origin. English equivalent: Guy
  • (US, slang, pejorative, ethnic slur) a young, lower class or working class Italian-American or Italian-Canadian male from an urban environment.
  • (US, slang, pejorative) A clothing style associated with the stereotype.
  • Usage notes

    * Carries the connotation of a person who is humorously uncultured and has a thuggish and overtly macho attitude and an unyielding pride in his ancestry. Common in Northeast areas such as Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, New Jersey, South Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Rhode Island and Southwest Connecticut. * The fashion style includes gold or platinum chains, diamond stud earrings, plain T-shirts or muscle shirts, tracksuits, pompadours, slicked-back hair, or hairstyles


    * (person of Italian descent) dago * (person of Italian descent) Eyetie * (person of Italian descent) goombah * (person of Italian descent) greaseball * (person of Italian descent) guinea * (person of Italian descent) wog * (person of Italian descent) wop

    Alternative forms

    * guido

    Coordinate terms

    * guido, guidette, Guidette

    See also