Definition of gypsy
: to live or roam like a Gypsy
Simple Definition of Gypsy
: a member of a group of people who originally came from northern India and now live mostly in Asia, Europe, and North America
Origin of gypsy
by shortening & alteration from Egyptian
First Known Use: 1537
GYPSY Defined for Kids
Definition of Gypsy for Students
: a member of a group of people coming from India to Europe long ago and living a wandering way of life
History for gypsy
Gypsies probably first reached England in the later 1400s. An early example of their language, which is called Romany, was written down in 1547. The English thought that these strangers had come from Egypt and gave them the name Egyptian. In time the word was shortened and altered to Gypsy.
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