Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The Romani language.
  • noun A member of any of various traditionally itinerant groups unrelated to the Romani.
  • noun One who follows an itinerant or otherwise unconventional career or way of life, especially.
  • noun A part-time or temporary member of a college faculty.
  • noun A member of the chorus line in a theater production.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun etc. See Gipsy, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or suitable for, gypsies.
  • adjective a woman's or child's broad-brimmed hat, usually of straw or felt.
  • adjective a small winch, which may be operated by a crank, or by a ratchet and pawl through a lever working up and down.
  • intransitive verb To play the gypsy; to picnic in the woods.
  • noun One of a vagabond race, whose tribes, coming originally from India, entered Europe in the 14th or 15th century, and are now scattered over Turkey, Russia, Hungary, Spain, England, etc., living by theft, fortune telling, horsejockeying, tinkering, etc. Cf. bohemian, Romany.
  • noun The language used by the gypsies.
  • noun A dark-complexioned person.
  • noun colloq. A cunning or crafty person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A member of the Romani people, or one of it sub-groups (Roma, Sinti, Romanichal, etc).
  • noun A member of other nomadic peoples, not only of the Romani people; a traveller. Alternative spelling of gypsy.
  • proper noun rare The language Romani.
  • adjective Of or belonging to the Romani people or one of it sub-groups (Roma, Sinti, Romanichel, etc).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment
  • noun the Indic language of the Gypsies
  • noun 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)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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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Earlier Middle English Gipcyan, Gypcyan (Gyptian), from Old French gyptien. Short for Egyptian, from Latin aegyptius, because when they first appeared in England in the sixteenth century they were wrongly believed to have come from Egypt. The Greek term γύφτος, Albanian Evgit and Spanish gitano have the same origin.

Examples

  • The term Gypsy is short for Egyptian, although ethnically, Gypsies actually originally came from India.

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  • The term Gypsy is short for Egyptian, although ethnically, Gypsies actually originally came from India.

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  • The term Gypsy is short for Egyptian, although ethnically, Gypsies actually originally came from India.

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  • History: The term Gypsy music refers strictly to the gypsies 'own folk music, but in its broadest sense has become a general term for music performed and cultivated by gypsies.

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  • In recent weeks, Gypsy or Roma rights groups accused the Romanian Academy of racism for its definition of the word "Gypsy" as "people with bad habits."

    The Seattle Times

  • An insult, according to Romania's Gypsies who are pushing for the nation's leading dictionary to add "pejorative" to its definition of the word "Gypsy" as "people with bad habits."

    The Seattle Times

  • In recent weeks, Gypsy or Roma rights groups accused the Romanian Academy of racism for its definition of the word "Gypsy" as "people with bad habits."

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  • In recent weeks, Gypsy or Roma rights groups accused the Romanian Academy of racism for its definition of the word "Gypsy" as "people with bad habits."

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  • In recent weeks, Gypsy or Roma rights groups accused the Romanian Academy of racism for its definition of the word "Gypsy" as "people with bad habits."

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  • And a great example is a shack he calls the Gypsy Junker.

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  • I was watching a Discovery Channel Documentary about tribes and I heard this word.

    October 27, 2010