- Informal: Sometimes Offensive. to defraud or rob by some sharp practice; swindle; cheat.
- Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a swindle or fraud.
- Also gyp·per [jip-er] /ˈdʒɪp ər/, gypster. Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a swindler or cheat.
- Also called gypsy. an owner of racehorses who also acts as trainer and jockey.
Origin of gyp1
1885–90, Americanism; back formation from Gypsy
Gyp in the meanings “to swindle” or “a person who swindles” is sometimes perceived as insulting to or by Gypsies, since it stereotypes them as swindlers. However, gyp has apparently never been used as a deliberate ethnic slur, and many people are unaware that it is derived from Gypsy.
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Examples from the Web for gip
Her only doll had been a "rag baby," and Gip, the dog, had demolished that.A Little Girl in Old New York
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He caught up the ax in his 34 left hand and chopped away, Gip, gop!Tales of Folk and Fairies
I glanced at Gip, but Gip was looking at a magic rocking-horse.
Gip made no answer, but his grip tightened on my finger, and so we came into the shop.
I said, "How would you like your soldiers to come alive, Gip, and march about by themselves?"
- a variant spelling of gyp 1
- Northern English informal to vomit or feel like vomiting
- a variant spelling of gyp 2
- (tr) to swindle, cheat, or defraud
- an act of cheating
- a person who gyps
C18: back formation from Gypsy
- British and NZ slang severe pain; torturehis arthritis gave him gyp
C19: probably a contraction of gee up!; see gee 1
- a college servant at the universities of Cambridge and DurhamCompare scout 1 (def. 5)
C18: perhaps from Gypsy, or from obsolete gippo a scullion
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Word Origin and History for gip
"to cheat, swindle," 1889, American English, probably derived from the colloquial shortening of Gypsy (cf. gip). Related: Gypped. As a noun, "fraudulent action, a cheat," by 1914.
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