Reason vs Guy - What's the difference?

reason | guy |

As nouns the difference between reason and guy

is that reason is a cause: while 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).

As verbs the difference between reason and guy

is that reason is to exercise the rational faculty; to deduce inferences from premises; to perform the process of deduction or of induction; to ratiocinate; to reach conclusions by a systematic comparison of facts while guy is to equip with a support cable or guy can be to exhibit an effigy of guy fawkes around the 5th november.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia reason)


(en noun)
  • A cause:
  • # That which causes something: an efficient cause, a proximate cause.
  • #* 1996 , (w), : Evolution and the Meanings of Life , page 198:
  • There is a reason why so many should be symmetrical: The selective advantage in a symmetrical complex is enjoyed by all the subunits
  • # A motive for an action or a determination.
  • #* 1806 , Anonymous, Select Notes to Book XXI, in, (Alexander Pope), translator, The (Odyssey) of (Homer) , volume 6 (London, F.J. du Roveray), page 37:
  • This is the reason why he proposes to offer a libation, to atone for the abuse of the day by their diversions.
  • #* 1881 , (Henry James), (The Portrait of a Lady) , chapter 10:
  • Ralph Touchett, for reasons best known to himself, had seen fit to say that Gilbert Osmond was not a good fellow
  • # An excuse: a thought or a consideration offered in support of a determination or an opinion; that which is offered or accepted as an explanation.
  • #* 1966 , (Graham Greene), ((Penguin Classics) edition, ISBN 0140184945), page 14:
  • I have forgotten the reason' he gave for not travelling by air. I felt sure that it was not the correct ' reason , and that he suffered from a heart trouble which he kept to himself.
  • (label) Rational]] thinking (or the capacity for it; the cognitive [[faculty, faculties, collectively, of conception, judgment, deduction and intuition.
  • * 1970 , (Hannah Arendt), On Violence (ISBN 0156695006), page 62:
  • And the specific distinction between man and beast is now, strictly speaking, no longer reason (the lumen naturale of the human animal) but science
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-21, volume=411, issue=8892, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Magician’s brain , passage=The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason . The architect of modern science was himself not very modern. He was obsessed with alchemy.}}
  • (label) Something reasonable, in accordance with thought; justice.
  • * (rfdate) (Edmund Spenser):
  • I was promised, on a time, To have reason for my rhyme.
  • Ratio; proportion.
  • (Barrow)


    * (that which causes) cause * (motive for an action) rationale, motive * (thought offered in support) excuse

    Derived terms

    * age of reason * everything happens for a reason * for some reason * for no good reason * for XYZ reason * have reason * in reason * instrumental reason * reasonability * reasonable * reasonableness * reasonist * reasonless * rhyme or reason * stand to reason * unreason * with reason * within reason


    (en verb)
  • To exercise the rational faculty; to deduce inferences from premises; to perform the process of deduction or of induction; to ratiocinate; to reach conclusions by a systematic comparison of facts.
  • Hence: To carry on a process of deduction or of induction, in order to convince or to confute; to formulate and set forth propositions and the inferences from them; to argue.
  • To converse; to compare opinions.
  • To arrange and present the reasons for or against; to examine or discuss by arguments; to debate or discuss.
  • I reasoned the matter with my friend.
  • (rare) To support with reasons, as a request.
  • To persuade by reasoning or argument.
  • to reason''' one into a belief; to '''reason one out of his plan
  • To overcome or conquer by adducing reasons.
  • to reason down a passion
  • To find by logical process; to explain or justify by reason or argument.
  • to reason''' out the causes of the librations of the moon

    Derived terms

    * reasoner * reason out





    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