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


A. Ngitano/a m/f
B. CPD [life, caravan, music] → gitano
gypsy moth Nlagarta f
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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
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gipsy [ˈdʒɪpsɪ]
1. nzingaro/a
2. adj (life) → da zingaro, zingaresco/a; (caravan) → degli zingari; (music) → zigano/a
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(ˈdʒipsi) plurals ˈgypsies ~ˈgipsies noun
a member of a race of wandering people.
a gypsy caravan.
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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
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she would run away and go to the gypsies, and Tom should never see her any more.
She stopped to pant a little, reflecting that running away was not a pleasant thing until one had got quite to the common where the gypsies were, but her resolution had not abated; she presently passed through the gate into the lane, not knowing where it would lead her, for it was not this way that they came from Dorlcote Mill to Garum Firs, and she felt all the safer for that, because there was no chance of her being overtaken.
It was delightful, and just what Maggie expected; the gypsies saw at once that she was a little lady, and were prepared to treat her accordingly.
Everything would be quite charming when she had taught the gypsies to use a washing-basin, and to feel an interest in books.
"My hair was quite long till yesterday, when I cut it off; but I dare say it will grow again very soon," she added apologetically, thinking it probable the gypsies had a strong prejudice in favor of long hair.
Maggie's eyes had begun to sparkle and her cheeks to flush,--she was really beginning to instruct the gypsies, and gaining great influence over them.
The people then assembled in this barn were no other than a company of Egyptians, or, as they are vulgarly called, gypsies, and they were now celebrating the wedding of one of their society.
This was no other than the king of the gypsies himself.
These were, perhaps, a little heightened in the present instance, by that profound respect which he paid to the king of the gypsies, the moment he was acquainted with his dignity, and which was the sweeter to his gypseian majesty, as he was not used to receive such homage from any but his own subjects.
The gypsies immediately proceeded to execute the sentence, and left Jones and Partridge alone with his majesty.
Nor can the example of the gypsies, though possibly they may have long been happy under this form of government, be here urged; since we must remember the very material respect in which they differ from all other people, and to which perhaps this their happiness is entirely owing, namely, that they have no false honours among them, and that they look on shame as the most grievous punishment in the world.
They had race horses, and Russian pancakes and bear hunts and three-horse sledges, and gypsies and drinking feasts, with the Russian accompaniment of broken crockery.