Definition of gypsy
: to live or roam like a Gypsy
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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.
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Recent Examples of gypsy from the Web
The stage is shorn of the usual Gypsies and bullfighters; Don José and the clinic’s employees, reading from scripts, embody archetypes in a fantasy of masculine revenge.
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And no change in viewpoint can rescue a scene as memorably wacky as Rochester disguising himself as a gypsy in order to toy with Jane’s affections.
JUDY COLLINS: singer, songwriter, activist: We female folksingers dressed like a combination of gypsies and princesses.
Joining us on board for this exciting week will be the sassy and spirited Junk Gypsies, Amie and Jolie Sikes!
By nightfall, villagers bedecked in elaborate homemade costumes depicting bears, gypsies, goats, and nurses will parade from house to house singing carols, acting out skits, and pulling practical jokes.
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Origin and Etymology of gypsy
by shortening & alteration from Egyptian
GYPSY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of Gypsy for English Language Learners
: a member of a group of people who originally came from northern India and now live mostly in Asia, Europe, and North America
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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