[ jip-see ]
/ ˈdʒɪp si /

noun, plural gyp·sies.


(initial capital letter)Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. of or relating to the Roma; Romani.
Informal. working independently or without a license: gypsy truckers.



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Also especially British, gipsy, Gip·sy .

Origin of gypsy

First recorded in 1505–15; back formation of gipcyan, variant of Egyptian (showing a loss of the unstressed initial syllable), from the mistaken belief that Gypsies came originally from Egypt

usage note for gypsy

See Roma1.

OTHER WORDS FROM gypsy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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British Dictionary definitions for gypsy



/ (ˈdʒɪpsɪ) /

noun plural -sies (sometimes not capital)

  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a Gypsy fortune-teller
the language of the Gypsies; Romany
a person who looks or behaves like a Gypsy

Derived forms of Gypsy

Gypsydom or Gipsydom, nounGypsyhood or Gipsyhood, nounGypsyish or Gipsyish, adjectiveGypsy-like or Gipsy-like, adjective

Word Origin for Gypsy

C16: from Egyptian, since they were thought to have come originally from Egypt
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