verb (used with or without object), gypped, gyp·ping. . Informal: Sometimes Offensive to defraud or rob by some sharp practice; swindle; cheat. noun . 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 gyp 1 1885–90, Americanism
; back formation from
Gypsy Usage note 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. noun . British Informal a male college servant, as at Cambridge and Durham. Origin of gyp 2
First recorded in
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Related Words for gyp trick
gip Examples from the Web for gyp Historical Examples of gyp
Gyp's things muss my room so," cried Tibby, plaintively.
"Isn't it funny," mused
Gyp as she balanced on the footboard of her bed. Gyp's tone asked, rather: "What in the world have you found to do?"
"The poor old man," Jerry said so feelingly that
Gyp stared at her.
She had not laid eyes on
Gyp after that one fleeting glimpse on the stairs. British Dictionary definitions for gyp verb gyps, gypping, gypped, gips, gipping or gipped (tr) to swindle, cheat, or defraud noun an act of cheating a person who gyps Word Origin for gyp
C18: back formation from
Gypsy noun British and NZ slang severe pain; torture his arthritis gave him gyp Word Origin for gyp
C19: probably a contraction of
gee up!; see gee 1 noun a college servant at the universities of Cambridge and Durham Compare scout 1 (def. 5) Word Origin for gyp
C18: perhaps from
Gypsy, or from obsolete gippo a scullion
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Word Origin and History for gyp v.
"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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