From Hindi गुरु or guru / Punjabi ਗੁਰੂ or gurū, from Sanskrit गुरु or guru (venerable, respectable), originally "heavy" and in this sense cognate to English grieve and, more distantly, brute. Doublet of grave. A traditional, though flawed etymology based on the Advayataraka Upanishad (line 16) describes the syllables gu as “darkness” and ru as “destroyer”, thus ascribing the meaning of "one who destroys/dispels darkness" to the word.
guru (plural gurus)
- In Indian tradition, a knowledgable teacher who guides his shishya (disciple/lit. seeker of knowledge or truth)
- A Hindu or Sikh spiritual teacher.
- (sometimes humorous) An influential advisor or mentor.
- tech guru
guru (third-person singular simple present gurus, present participle guruing, simple past and past participle gurued)
- To act as a guru; to give wise advice.
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