Guy
   On November 5, 1605, a plot to blow up the House of Parliament in London was uncovered! The conspirators, opposed to the anti-Catholic laws imposed by James I, had stored thirty-six barrels of gunpowder in cellars beneath the building, enough to blow it sky-high. On that date the king was to open and address Parliament. When the plotters burrowed through the walls of the cellar, Guy Fawkes, a Roman Catholicconvert, was caught in the act, and the other conspirators were rounded up.
   The affair was named the Gunpowder Plot, and Fawkes was tried and hanged on January 31, 1606. On every November 5 grotesque effigies of Guy Fawkes were carried through the streets and burned to mark the anniversary of the failed plot. From these odd-looking effigies came the word guy. And, understandably, it has a pejorative sense in England. In America a guy is simply a boy or a man. The term is usually dressed up or down to make it complimentary ("a nice guy," "a regular guy") or insulting ("a wise guy," "a tough guy").

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  • Guy — puede referirse a: El nombre en inglés o francés correspondiente a Guido o Vito Guy Fawkes Contenido 1 Apellido 2 Topónimos 3 Música y cine 4 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Guy — /guy/; Fr. /gee/, n. a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning woods. * * * (as used in expressions) Bolton Guy Reginald Burgess Guy Francis de Moncy Dorchester of Dorchester Guy Carleton 1st Baron Fawkes Guy Guy Blaché Alice Alice Guy… …   Universalium

  • Guy — (engl. Kamerad) ist eine Bezeichnung für: Guy (Name), ein Vor und Familienname, siehe dort für Namensträger Guy Motors, einen britischen Hersteller von PKW und Nutzfahrzeugen Guy (Automarke), ehemalige französische Automarke Guy (Arkansas), Ort… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • guy — W3S1 [gaı] n [Sense: 1 2, 4 5; Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Guy Fawkes (1570 1606), who tried to blow up the English parliament.] [Sense: 3; Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from Dutch gei type of rope ] 1.) informal a man = ↑ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • guy — [ gaı ] noun count *** 1. ) INFORMAL a man: Bob s a really nice guy, isn t he? She s going out with some French guy she met on vacation. the kind/sort of guy: He looks like the kind of guy you would trust with your life savings. => FALL GUY 2 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • GUY — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • guy — GUY. s. m. Sorte d arbuste qui naist sur les branches de certains arbres, comme du pommier, de l aubespine, du chesne, &c. La glu se fait de guy. les Druydes faisoient grand cas du guy de chesne, ils cuëilloient le guy avec beaucoup de ceremonies …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • guy — guy1 [gī] n. [ME gie < OFr guie, a guide < guier < guider: see GUIDE] a rope, chain, rod, or wire attached to something to steady or guide it vt. to guide or steady with a guy guy2 [gī] n. [after FAWKES Guy] 1. in England, an effig …   English World dictionary

  • Guy's — Guy’s Hospital [Guys Hospital] (also infml Guy’s) a leading ↑teaching hospital in south London, England. It was started in 1721 by Thomas Guy, a man who had made a lot of money printing and selling books. John Keats was at Guy’s medical school in …   Useful english dictionary

  • guy — guy, n. 1. A grotesque effigy, like that of Guy Fawkes, dressed up in England on the fifth of November, the day of the Gunpowder Plot. [1913 Webster] The lady . . . who dresses like a guy. W. S. Gilbert. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: A person of queer …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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