gypsy

verb
gyp·sy | \ ˈjip-sē \
gypsied; gypsying

Definition of gypsy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to live or roam like a Gypsy

Gypsy

noun
Gyp·sy | \ ˈjip-sē \
plural Gypsies

Definition of Gypsy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 sometimes offensive : 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

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

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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.

First Known Use of gypsy

Verb

circa 1627, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gypsy

Noun

by shortening & alteration from Egyptian

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Gypsy

noun

English Language Learners 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

Gypsy

noun
Gyp·sy | \ ˈjip-sē \
plural Gypsies

Kids Definition of Gypsy

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

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