GI

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GI

  1. The ISO 3166-1 two-letter (alpha-2) code for Gibraltar.

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Etymology[edit]

GI was originally an initialism for Galvanized Iron; during the 1930s the usage expanded to stand for Government Issue; by World War II it had become a nickname for the military personnel themselves.

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GI (not comparable)

  1. (military) Initialism of general issue. Given to a soldier by the army (as an item), rather than brought from home; or used by the army (as a procedure), and different from its civilian counterpart.
    Soldiers counted cadence by chanting: “GI brush / And GI comb / Gee, I wish that I was home!”
  2. (medicine) Initialism of gastrointestinal.
    I was queasy after my upper GI series, but it far outshone the lower one.
  3. (US) Initialism of government issue.

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Noun[edit]

GI (countable and uncountable, plural GIs)

  1. A member of the U.S. military.
  2. One who is demanding and strict, in the manner of a stereotypical member of the military.
  3. Initialism of galvanized iron.
  4. Initialism of geographical indication.
  5. Initialism of glycemic index.
  6. Misspelling of Gl., the prefix for Gliese catalog of nearby stars

Verb[edit]

GI (third-person singular simple present GIs, present participle GIing, simple past and past participle GIed)

  1. (military) To clean aggressively.
    Top, get the unit to GI this AO before the old man arrives.

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Indonesian[edit]

Noun[edit]

GI (first-person possessive GIku, second-person possessive GImu, third-person possessive GInya)

  1. (electricity) Initialism of gardu induk.

Tagalog[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Initialism originally from English GI (nickname for U.S. military personnel). The words to the initialism was later jokingly perceived as "Genuine Intsik", from English genuine + Tagalog Intsik (Chinese).

Noun[edit]

GI

  1. (informal, colloquial, humorous, slang) Genuine Intsik (Chinese); a term referring to any ethnic Chinese person in the Philippines described to be profoundly Chinese in behavior, speech, demeanor, or likeness, especially those born and raised in China or Taiwan.
    Ang lalim ng Chinese (vocabulary) ng GI na nakilala ko, at di kami nagkaintindihan kahit sabay kaming gumagamit ng Mandarin.
    The Chinese (vocabulary), used by the GI I met, was quite deep, and we couldn't understand each other even though we were both using Mandarin.

Usage notes[edit]

The term is often generally used by Chinese Filipinos (Filipino citizens of Chinese descent in the Philippines, whether mixed or pure ethnic Chinese, especially those born and raised in the Philippines) on either fellow Chinese Filipinos or any ethnic Chinese person in the Philippines, especially those born and raised in China or Taiwan, such as naturalized citizens or noncitizen residents.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Zorc, R. David; San Miguel, Rachel (1993) Tagalog Slang Dictionary[1], Manila: De La Salle University Press, →ISBN, page 50