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A term you probably want to eject from your vocabulary is gyp, slang for “to cheat” or “a cheat.” It is a shortening of the word gypsy, an often derogatory term for the Roma, a nomadic people who have been stereotyped as being swindlers or con artists. Read our Usage Note for even more context on gyp.
If knowing the history of gyp has got you reflecting on your word choices, this slideshow, “These Common Words Have Offensive Histories,” discusses many other words whose place in your vocab you may want to reconsider.
Keep in mind …
You don’t have to insult an ethnic group to refer to cheating. English has more alternatives for gyp than we can include here.
In place of gyp as a verb, consider:
Plenty more substitutes for gyp can be found a quick click away at Thesaurus.com. Start with cheat and fraud. Both of these do double duty (not double-dealing) as nouns and verbs for various duplicitous endeavors.
How to use gyp in a sentence
Away they went, with Gyp at their heels, and every footstep resounded through the old house until they reached the upper floor.
An English, an American Gyp would typographically offend, and that would be the end of her.The Awkward Age|Henry James
It was kept by his old college gyp, a man of discreet silence, who was admirably partnered by an excellent cook.
Had he acted discourteously to his bedmaker or his gyp, he would have minded just as much, which was not polite of him.The Longest Journey|E. M. Forster
Her age was seventeen, and she dressed after Carmen to please herself, and read Gyp with the same intention.Olive in Italy|Moray Dalton