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verb (used with or without object), gypped, gyp·ping.
  1. Informal: Sometimes Offensive. to defraud or rob by some sharp practice; swindle; cheat.
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  1. Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a swindle or fraud.
  2. Also gyp·per [jip-er] /ˈdʒɪp ər/, gypster. Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a swindler or cheat.
  3. Also called gypsy. an owner of racehorses who also acts as trainer and jockey.
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Origin of gyp1

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.
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Historical Examples

  • Then turning to go into the car he uttered only one word to himself—and that a mild one: "Gypped!"

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman

British Dictionary definitions for gypped



verb gyps, gypping, gypped, gips, gipping or gipped
  1. (tr) to swindle, cheat, or defraud
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  1. an act of cheating
  2. a person who gyps
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Word Origin

C18: back formation from Gypsy


  1. British and NZ slang severe pain; torturehis arthritis gave him gyp
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Word Origin

C19: probably a contraction of gee up!; see gee 1


  1. a college servant at the universities of Cambridge and DurhamCompare scout 1 (def. 5)
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps from Gypsy, or from obsolete gippo a scullion
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Word Origin and History for gypped



"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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