from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The room in a college suite in which are kept the utensils for the serving of meals.
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The hidden garden is a place where Dons smoke and play bowls; the barred window is an undergraduate's gyp-room; there's no mystery left about them now.
The gyp-room was a species of pantry, one of which was to be found on each corridor, whence cups, saucers, and other utensils for the preparation of the famous ten o'clock "cocoas" could be obtained.