gyp

1

or gip

[jip]

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.

Nearby words

  1. gynophore,
  2. gynoplastics,
  3. gynostegium,
  4. gynostemium,
  5. gyoza,
  6. gyp joint,
  7. gyp-room,
  8. gyplure,
  9. gypo,
  10. gypper

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.

gyp

2
[jip]

noun British Informal.

a male college servant, as at Cambridge and Durham.

Origin of gyp

2
First recorded in 1740–50; perhaps from Gypsy

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British Dictionary definitions for gyp

gyp

1

gip

slang

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; torturehis 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 DurhamCompare 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

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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