noun, plural Gyp·sies.
Origin of Gypsy
Examples from the Web for gypsy
They ran into some girls they knew, and after that all the 'Gypsy' was good for was a place to eat and sleep in.
When the irrepressible owner of the 'Gypsy' had deserted her, Albert returned to the Cape and remained there for a week.
He is more devoted to me than a brother, and we have made a lot of plans for a month's outing on the 'Gypsy' this coming summer.
"Frank, there is the very pan 'Gypsy Joe' used when he was hunting for gold in our creek," Jack explained, pointing ahead.The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold|Margaret Vandercook
Not that it really was nearly as 'gypsy' as we would have liked it to be, or as we thought we would have liked it to be!The House That Grew|Mrs. Molesworth
noun plural -sies (sometimes not capital)
- a member of a people scattered throughout Europe and North America, who maintain a nomadic way of life in industrialized societies. They migrated from NW India from about the 9th century onwards
- (as modifier)a Gypsy fortune-teller
Word Origin for Gypsy
also gipsy, c.1600, alteration of gypcian, a worn-down Middle English dialectal form of egypcien "Egyptian," from the supposed origin of these people. As an adjective, from 1620s.
Cognate with Spanish Gitano and close in sense to Turkish and Arabic Kipti "gypsy," literally "Coptic;" but in Middle French they were Bohémien (see bohemian), and in Spanish also Flamenco "from Flanders." "The gipsies seem doomed to be associated with countries with which they have nothing to do" [Weekley]. Zingari, the Italian and German name, is of unknown origin. Romany is from the people's own language, a plural adjective form of rom "man." Gipsy is the prefered spelling in England.