or gip

[ jip ]
/ dʒɪp /

verb (used with or without object), gypped, gyp·ping.

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 gyp

1885–90, Americanism; back formation from Gypsy

usage note for gyp

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for gypped (1 of 3)




verb gyps, gypping, gypped, gips, gipping or gipped

(tr) to swindle, cheat, or defraud


an act of cheating
a person who gyps

Word Origin for gyp

C18: back formation from Gypsy

British Dictionary definitions for gypped (2 of 3)

/ (dʒɪp) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for gypped (3 of 3)

/ (dʒɪp) /


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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