Manager saw Linda's son Frank roaming with Karl:

Manager: What about me?

Linda: He doesn't see you as a "guy" guy.

Manager: Karl's a "guy" guy?

What does 'a "guy" guy' mean?

  • What is the source of this dialogue? Oct 31, 2021 at 8:44
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    I suspect the text is more like "Karl's a guy's guy" meaning Karl is a guy who respected or admired by other guys. A similer phrase would be "Karl's a man's man". See also ell.stackexchange.com/questions/184864/…
    – AdrianHHH
    Oct 31, 2021 at 17:53
  • @KateBunting Sling Blade movie
    – Ken James
    Oct 31, 2021 at 17:57
  • This is not necessarily a guy's guy at all. In English we repeat words for emphasis: A guy guy as opposed to a girly guy. So for me, it means a real guy.
    – Lambie
    Nov 4, 2021 at 20:52

2 Answers 2


There is possibly more than one way this could be understood, depending on context. In the context you give it seems pretty clear it means a man (guy) that fits the other man's definition of what a man is, or should be. It could be because he does not conform to a particular masculine stereotype.

This isn't particularly an idiomatic expression, but the grammar and punctuation make it pretty clear to an English speaker. The use of quotation marks around the first instance of 'guy' frame that as the person's definition of what a 'real' man is.

There is a similar expression, "a man's man", which is defined as being a man that has traditionally masculine interests and activities. This normally has the inference that their interests make them good company for other men.

  • I think you got a little lost in the chain of who's talking about whom. I haven't seen the movie and have no idea of the character dynamics, but it appears that Linda is telling "Manager" what her son Frank thanks of "Manager" (and, the manager implies, of Karl). Nov 4, 2021 at 21:00
  • @AndyBonner you're right, I don't think it changes my definition, I've updated.
    – Astralbee
    Nov 4, 2021 at 21:05

Urban dictionary has a good definition for this "guy" guy, but first I'd like to state that it is not grammatically correct, nor is the phrase in any real dictionaries anywhere. Urban dictionary is a so-called slang-dictionary.

A Guy Guy is usually an immature male who is obsessed with the college life. They do not live near beach towns, but during the summer that's where they can be found. They can be seen usually on 32nd street in Longport NJ in their Old Navy flowered board shorts, a white wife beater tank top, addidas flip flops(sometimes with socks), a puka shell necklass tight around their neck, usually sporting an upside down visor and spiked or gelled and high lighted hair. They can be heard talking to their Guy Guy friends about frats, college parties and girls. They usually spend their time tossing a foot ball around between themselves or strollng the shore line looking for women. They are insecure and gay and are having a hard time hiding it.

  • What's wrong with the grammar?
    – Lambie
    Nov 4, 2021 at 20:53
  • @Lambie There's nothing wrong with the grammar, really, but "guy" guy is not correct to use. It is more of a slangy way to talk.
    – Drupal guy
    Nov 4, 2021 at 20:56
  • Well, I would not use the term incorrect grammar then. It's more like colloquial speech.
    – Lambie
    Nov 4, 2021 at 20:57
  • Thanks! It's not uncalled-for to note that it's colloquial usage, but do note that the OP didn't ask whether it was proper, just what it means. Nov 4, 2021 at 20:58

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