Gyp|sy

Gyp|sy
Gyp|sy «JIHP see», noun, plural -sies.
1. Also, gypsy. a person belonging to a group of people whose ancestors lived in India and began to migrate westward through the Middle East about A.D. 1000, arriving in Western Europe in the early 1400's. Gypsies now live in almost every part of the world.
2. the language of the Gypsies; Romany. Also, especially British, Gipsy.
[ultimately < Egyptian (from the belief that they came from Egypt)]
Usage Historically, this word was used for a number of nomadic peoples, including the Roma. In modern times, some members of these groups consider the word Gypsy to be offensive.
gyp|sy «JIHP see», noun, plural -sies, adjective, verb, -sied, -sy|ing.
–n.
1. = Gypsy. (Cf.Gypsy)
2. a person who looks or lives like a Gypsy.
–adj.
1. of the Gypsies: »

a gypsy girl, gypsy music.

2. resembling a Gypsy or gypsy.
3. Informal. working independently or illegally: »

gypsy truckers, a gypsy cab.

–v.i.
1. to live or act like Gypsies.
2. to picnic: »

There is to be a village picnic…a gypsying they call it…at East Egdon (Thomas Hardy).

Also, especially British, gipsy.
[< Gypsy]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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