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also Gip·sy (jĭp′sē)
n. pl. Gyp·sies also Gip·sies
1. Often Offensive
a. See Romani.
b. The Romani language.
2. A member of any of various traditionally itinerant groups unrelated to the Romani.
3. gypsy One who follows an itinerant or otherwise unconventional career or way of life, especially:
a. A part-time or temporary member of a college faculty.
b. A member of the chorus line in a theater production.

[Alteration of Middle English gypcian, short for Egipcien, Egyptian (so called because the Romani people were thought to have come from Egypt).]


(ˈdʒɪpsɪ) or


n (sometimes not capital) , pl -sies
1. (Peoples)
a. a member of a people scattered throughout Europe and North America, who maintain a nomadic way of life in industrialized societies. They migrated from NW India from about the 9th century onwards
b. (as modifier): a Gypsy fortune-teller.
2. (Languages) the language of the Gypsies; Romany
3. a person who looks or behaves like a Gypsy
[C16: from Egyptian, since they were thought to have come originally from Egypt]
ˈGypsydom, ˈGipsydom n
ˈGypsyˌhood, ˈGipsyˌhood n
ˈGypsyish, ˈGipsyish adj
ˈGypsy-ˌlike, ˈGipsy-ˌlike adj


(ˈdʒɪp si)

n., pl. -sies,
adj. n.
1. a member of a traditionally itinerant people, orig. of N India, now residing mostly in permanent communities in many countries of the world.
3. (l.c.) a person who resembles the stereotype of a Gypsy, as in appearance or itinerant way of life.
4. (l.c.) Informal. gypsy cab.
5. (l.c.) Informal. an independent, usu. nonunion trucker, operator, etc.
6. (l.c.) a chorus dancer, esp. in the Broadway theater.
7. of or pertaining to the Gypsies.
8. (l.c.) Informal. working independently or without a license: gypsy truckers.
Also, esp. Brit., Gipsy, gipsy.
[1505–15; back formation from gipcyan, aph. variant of Egyptian, from the belief that Gypsies came orig. from Egypt]
Gyp′sy•ish, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gypsy - a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment; "itinerant traders"
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
swagger, swaggie, swagman - an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work
tinker - formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living
2.Gypsy - a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetellingGypsy - a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America)
Indian - a native or inhabitant of India
gitana - a Spanish female Gypsy
gitano - a Spanish male Gypsy
3.Gypsy - the Indic language of the Gypsies
Sanskrit, Sanskritic language - (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes


noun traveller, roamer, wanderer, Bohemian, rover, rambler, nomad, vagrant, Romany, vagabond the largest community of Gypsies of any country
dân gypsy


A. Ngitano/a m/f
B. CPD [life, caravan, music] → gitano
gypsy moth Nlagarta f


nZigeuner(in) m(f) (neg!)
(= Romany)Zigeuner- (neg!), → Roma-; gypsy childZigeunerkind nt (neg!); gypsy womanZigeunerin f (neg!); gypsy campZigeunerlager nt (neg!); gypsy musicZigeunermusik f
(US, pej, = unofficial) cab, driverillegal


gipsy [ˈdʒɪpsɪ]
1. nzingaro/a
2. adj (life) → da zingaro, zingaresco/a; (caravan) → degli zingari; (music) → zigano/a



(ˈdʒipsi) plurals ˈgypsies ~ˈgipsies noun
a member of a race of wandering people.
a gypsy caravan.


غَجَرِيّ cikán sigøjner Zigeuner τσιγγάνος gitano mustalainen gitan Rom zingaro ジプシー 집시 zigeuner rom Cygan cigano цыган zigenare ชาวยิปซี çingene dân gypsy 吉普赛人
References in classic literature ?
If it's fine, I'm going to pitch my tent in Longmeadow, and row up the whole crew to lunch and croquet--have a fire, make messes, gypsy fashion, and all sorts of larks.
Hannah spoke only when spoken to, instead of first, last, and all the time; Hannah at fourteen was a member of the church; Hannah liked to knit; Hannah was, probably, or would have been, a pattern of all the smaller virtues; instead of which here was this black-haired gypsy, with eyes as big as cartwheels, installed as a member of the household.
The larger significance of the telephone is that it completes the work of eliminating the hermit and gypsy elements of civilization.
The leader turned to them and gave a word at which every man of the gypsy party drew what weapon he carried, knife or pistol, and held himself in readiness to attack.
By and by, they come to have a wild and homeless aspect; so that you would much sooner have taken them for a gypsy family than a queen and three princes, and a young nobleman, who had once a palace for a home, and a train of servants to do their bidding.
Melville is transformed from a Marquesan to a gypsy student, the gypsy element still remaining strong within him.
But, when each was comfortably arranged, and Louisa, after laying aside a thin coat of faded silk, and a gypsy hat, that was more becoming to her modest, ingenuous countenance than appropriate to the season, had taken a chair between her father and the youth, the former resumed the conversation.
She began her dance once more; she took from the ground two swords, whose points she rested against her brow, and which she made to turn in one direction, while she turned in the other; it was a purely gypsy effect.
Wells lifted her on the point of his puissant pen, and placed her at the angle of view from which the life she was leading and the society to which she clung appeared in its true relation to real human needs and worthy social structure, he effected a conversion and a conviction of sin comparable to the most sensational feats of General Booth or Gypsy Smith.
I shall have my own orchestra, but shouldn't we get the gypsy singers as well?
One of these gypsy paths comes from the place where the sheep get their hair cut.
Me doubt not, sir, but you have often seen some of my people, who are what you call de parties detache: for dey go about everywhere; but me fancy you imagine not we be so considrable body as we be; and may be you will be surprize more when you hear de gypsy be as orderly and well govern people as any upon face of de earth.