: a member of a group of people coming from India to Europe long ago and living a wandering way of life
Word History of 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.