1. (US) a man or boy; thus main guy under main adj.
|Punch Almanack n.p.: Fan jest passed me, turned away ’er eyes, / Guess she ranked me with the other guys.‘Cad’s Calendar’ in|
|Artie 3: You guys must think I’m a quitter.|
|John Henry 9: A guy can buy a couple of cosy-corners in a dead swell theatre for fifty cents a coze.|
|Doughboy Dope 41: Guys who otherwise only regard the matter tentatively have to take a shave.|
|Black Gang 477: He’s dead. This guy threw him on the live wires.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 68: The guys all chipped in to buy lunch.Young Lonigan in|
|Really the Blues 12: Three guys who commanded a lot of respect in the prison.|
|One Lonely Night 15: What kind of a guy am I, kitten?|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 101: He had had more than one book pulled, for no reason at all, from more than one guy.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 13: I gotta see this guy.|
|‘Cockney Translation’ [lyrics] Cockney say blokes. We say guys.|
|Pulp Fiction [film script] 13: Sent a couple of guys over to his place.|
|Observer Mag. 27 Feb. 23: I kicked the shit out of this guy.|
2. a general term of address, repopularized in 1970s+ among young UK blacks, and now in general teen use.
|in(1999) 59: The Yank: ‘Say Guy, how far to battle?’.|
|Dict. Amer. Sl.|
|Over the Wall 326: I’m giving you the straight dope, guy.|
|Amboy Dukes 62: We have to hurry, guy, because I’m hungry.|
|‘Dig that Crazy Corpse’ in Pursuit Mar. (2008) 156: Look me up some time, guy.|
|Blue Movie (1974) 29: ‘Hi, guys,’ he said in the sepulchral tones of the New York stage.|
|Curvy Lovebox 175: It’s really got be two minutes guy.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 319: No problem, guy, I got a few things to take care of myself.|
3. (US) a woman.
|London Life 24: But here’s another – guy! as the rude boys would say – a lady, but by no means young.|
|letter in Canteening Overseas (1920) 125: Alice and I won’t have to leave the Division [...] Aren’t we the lucky guys?|
|Female Convict (1960) 138: There are some mighty hard-boiled guys here now.|
|Wartime Stories (1999) 148: ‘Yeah,’ he said, ‘yeah, Queen Mary. She’s another grand old guy.’.‘Cut Down the Trees’|
|Kingsblood Royal (2001) 235: You know, you’re a good guy, lady.|
|Foxes (1980) 11: Well, do something, you guys.|
|Point of Origin (1999) 190: Is there any reason Carrie might know where you guys live?|
4. a boyfriend, a lover.
|Howard Street 43: So you my guy’s brother, huh?|
5. a person, irrespective of gender.
|Fantastic Four Annual 34: Sorry, guys. I guess I blew it.|
|Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (1990) 170: I love you Mom. You guys [parents] are great!|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 38: Maybe you guys can still make the show.|
6. (US campus) in ironic reversal, an incompetent, an inadequate.
|Sl. U. 98: John is such a guy — just look at that calculator in his shirt pocket.|
7. (US) an object, a thing.
|Guys Like Us 90: Here [...] have one of these tasty guys [i.e. a pastry].|
|advert for M & M’s Good Morning [CBS-TV] I love these guys [HDAS].|