noun, plural Gip·sies, adjective
noun, plural Gyp·sies.
Origin of Gypsy
Examples from the Web for gipsy
He and Gipsy are this moment devouring my lady's marmalade in the closet.The Beaux-Stratagem|George Farquhar
The sight for a moment left Gipsy's eyes, and her very heart ceased beating.Sharing Her Crime|May Agnes Fleming
The last Polish Krolestvo cyganskie or Gipsy king died in 1790.
Sometimes she goes about like an old peasant or gipsy—no one knows how old she really is!Fairies Afield|Mary Louisa Molesworth
All availed him nothing; she still followed him, and reiterated the piteous cry, ‘Pray remember poor Martha, the gipsy.’
noun plural -sies
noun plural -sies (sometimes not capital)
- 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
- (as modifier)a Gypsy fortune-teller
Word Origin for Gypsy
alternative spelling of gypsy.
also gipsy, c.1600, alteration of gypcian, a worn-down Middle English dialectal form of egypcien "Egyptian," from the supposed origin of these people. As an adjective, from 1620s.
Cognate with Spanish Gitano and close in sense to Turkish and Arabic Kipti "gypsy," literally "Coptic;" but in Middle French they were Bohémien (see bohemian), and in Spanish also Flamenco "from Flanders." "The gipsies seem doomed to be associated with countries with which they have nothing to do" [Weekley]. Zingari, the Italian and German name, is of unknown origin. Romany is from the people's own language, a plural adjective form of rom "man." Gipsy is the prefered spelling in England.