Gipsy

or gip·sy

[ jip-see ]
/ ˈdʒɪp si /
Chiefly British
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noun, plural Gip·sies, adjective


Related formsgip·sy·dom, noungip·sy·esque, gip·sy·ish, gip·sy·like, gip·se·ian, adjectivegip·sy·hood, noungip·sy·ism, noun

Gypsy

[ jip-see ]
/ ˈdʒɪp si /

noun, plural Gyp·sies.

adjective

of or relating to the Gypsies.
(lowercase) Informal. working independently or without a license: gypsy truckers.
Also especially British, Gipsy, gipsy.

Origin of Gypsy

1505–15; back formation of gipcyan, aphetic variant of Egyptian, from a belief that Gypsies came originally from Egypt

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Gipsy

/ (ˈdʒɪpsɪ) /

noun plural -sies

(sometimes not capital) a variant spelling of Gypsy
Derived FormsGipsyish, adjectiveGipsydom, nounGipsyhood, nounGipsy-like, adjective

Gypsy

Gipsy

/ (ˈdʒɪpsɪ) /

noun plural -sies (sometimes not capital)

  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a Gypsy fortune-teller
the language of the Gypsies; Romany
a person who looks or behaves like a Gypsy
Derived FormsGypsydom or Gipsydom, nounGypsyhood or Gipsyhood, nounGypsyish or Gipsyish, adjectiveGypsy-like or Gipsy-like, adjective

Word Origin for Gypsy

C16: from Egyptian, since they were thought to have come originally from Egypt

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Word Origin and History for gipsy
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