- pertaining to Gypsies, their language, or their customs.
Examples from the Web for romany
Now the mystery of mysteries of which I have spoken in the Romany tongue is this.
I class it with the gypsy, because all who speak it are also acquainted with Romany.
I need not give the Romany which was spoken, but will simply translate.
It was prepared for me by an old, well-known Romany, of full blood.
Me tu sosti, “Thou shalt be (of) me,” is Romany, which is freely used in Shelta.
- plural -nies or -nis
- another name for a Gypsy
- (as modifier)Romany customs
- the language of the Gypsies, belonging to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family, but incorporating extensive borrowings from local European languages. Most of its 250 000 speakers are bilingual. It is extinct in Britain
Word Origin and History for romany
"a gypsy; the Gypsy language," 1812, romani, fem. of romano (adj.) "Gypsy," from rom, the Romany word for "man, husband, male, Gypsy" (plural roma), from Sanskrit domba-s ("with initial cerebral d, which confuses with r" [Klein]) "male member of a low caste of musicians."