- 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.
- a male college servant, as at Cambridge and Durham.
Origin of gyp2
First recorded in 1740–50; perhaps from Gypsy
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Examples from the Web for gyp
"And 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.
- (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 gyp
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper