Definition of gypsy
: 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.
First Known Use of gypsy
Definition of Gypsy
Origin and Etymology of gypsy
by shortening & alteration from Egyptian
First Known Use: 1537
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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