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Gypsy

Noun

1 a member of a nomadic people originating in northern India and now living on all continents [syn: Gipsy, Romany, Rommany, Roma, Bohemian]
2 the Indic language of the Gypsies [syn: Romany]

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English

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Etymology

From Gypcyan, gyptien, from Aegyptius. See Egyptian.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. In the context of "offensive|sometimes|_|pejorative": An itinerant person or any person or group with qualities traditionally ascribed to Roma, 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 Roma.
  3. One of a vagabond race, whose tribes, traditionally thought to have originally from India, entered Europe in 14th or 15th century, and are now scattered over Turkey, Russia, Hungary, Spain, England, etc. living by theft, fortune telling, horsejockeying, tinkering, etc. Cf. Bohemian, Romany.
    • Shakespeare:
      Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose, Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.

Translations

Adjective

  1. pejorative offensive Of or having the qualities of an itinerant person or group with qualities traditionally ascribed to Roma, 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 Roma. This term is considered pejorative by many.
  3. Of or belonging to the Gypsy race (Webster).

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Extensive Definition

Gypsy may refer to:

Ethnic groups

Literature and drama

Music

Other uses

Persons

  • Gypsy Rose Lee (1911–1970), an American actress and entertainer
  • Gypsy (calypsonian) or Winston "Gypsy" Patrick Peters, a Trinidad and Tobago calypsonian and politician
  • Gypsy Boots (1914–2004), full name Robert Bootzin, American fitness pioneer
  • Phyllis Coates (born 1927), born Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell, actress

See also

gypsy in German: Gypsy
gypsy in French: Gypsy
gypsy in Dutch: Gypsy
gypsy in Japanese: ジプシー
gypsy in Polish: Cyganie
gypsy in Simple English: Gypsy
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