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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Gypsy

Contents

English

Alternative spellings

Etymology

From Middle English Gypcyan, Old French gyptien (Egyptian, gypsy), from Latin Aegyptius. See Egyptian.

Compare bohemian, from Bohemia.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
gypsy

Plural
gypsies

gypsy (plural gypsies)

  1. (offensive, sometimes pejorative) An itinerant person or any person or group with qualities traditionally ascribed to Romani people, including suspected of making a living from dishonest practices or theft etc.
    I will look on your treasures, gypsy. Is this understood? Borat
  2. Gypsy, a member of the Romani people, or one of its sub-groups (Roma, Sinti, Romanichel, etc), traditionally thought to have originally from India and entered Europe in 14th or 15th century, etc. Cf. Bohemian, Romany, traveller.
  3. (archaic) One of a vagabond race, not necessarily Romani
    • Shakespeare:
      Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose, Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.

Translations

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Adjective

gypsy (not comparable)

Positive
gypsy

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (pejorative, offensive) Of or having the qualities of an itinerant person or group with qualities traditionally ascribed to Romani people, including suspected of making a living from dishonest practices or theft etc.
    If anyone questions them, they'll fold up faster than a gypsy roofing company.
  2. Gypsy, of or belonging to the Romani. This term is considered pejorative by many.
  3. (archaic) Of or belonging to the Gypsy race (Webster).

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References

  • gypsy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Simple English

A Gypsy may be:

  • any member of any nomadic people (nomadic means they do not stay in one place for a long time). Calling one a Gypsy is considered offensive. The groups of people include,

In music:

  • The Gypsy Kings, a musical group of the 1980's that plays a pop-oriented version of traditional flamenco music.
  • Gypsy, a song by Fleetwood Mac.
  • Gypsy, a song by The Moody Blues.
  • Gypsy: A Musical Fable, a musical inspired by the life of Gypsy Rose Lee.

In fiction:

Other meanings:

  • Gypsy, West Virginia, USA
  • Gypsy moth, a destructive insect that causes trees to lose their leaves.
  • Gypsy (software), the first modern document preparation system.
  • Winston "Gypsy" Peters, a Trinidad and Tobago politician and calypsonian
  • A "gypsy" is a part on a boat windlass designed to haul chain. It may have a groove to enable it to haul rope and chain when it is called a combined gypsy and capstan
  • Gypsy is the name of an elephant given to Michael Jackson by Elizabeth Taylor.
  • The J/ψ particle, a subatomic particle.


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