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gypsy

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verb gyp·sy \ˈjip-sē\

Definition of gypsy

gypsied

gypsying

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



Did You Know?

In the early years of the 16th century there began to appear in Britain some members of a wandering race of people who were ultimately of Hindu origin and who called themselves and their language Romany. In Britain, however, it was popularly believed that they came from Egypt, so they were called Egipcyans or Egyptians. This was soon shortened to Gipcyan, and by 1600 the further altered form Gipsy, Gypsey, began to appear in print. By later in the 1600s the verb gypsy, meaning “to live like a Gypsy” began to be used.

Circa 1627

First Known Use of gypsy

circa 1627


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 and Etymology 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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