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gypsy

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verb, gyp·sy \ˈjip-sē\

Definition of gypsy

gypsiedgypsying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to live or roam like a Gypsy



Circa 1627

First Known Use of gypsy

circa 1627

Rhymes with gypsy


Gypsy

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noun, Gyp·sy \ˈjip-sē\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Gypsy

plural Gypsies

  1. 1 :  a member of a traditionally itinerant people who originated in northern India and now live chiefly in south and southwest Asia, Europe, and North America

  2. 2 :  romany 2

  3. 3 not capitalized :  one that resembles a Gypsy; especially :  wanderer

Origin of gypsy

by shortening & alteration from Egyptian


First Known Use: 1537

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GYPSY Defined for Kids

Gypsy

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noun Gyp·sy \ˈjip-sē\

Definition of Gypsy for Students

plural Gypsies

  1. :  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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