gypsy

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

See Gypsy. The generic usage that refers to any itinerant person who is suspected of dishonest practices derives from traditional racist stereotypes of the Romani people.

Compare bohemian, from Bohemia.

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Noun[edit]

gypsy (plural gypsies)

  1. (sometimes offensive) Alternative form of Gypsy: a member of the Romani people.
  2. (offensive) An itinerant person or any person suspected of making a living from dishonest practices or theft; a member of a nomadic people, not necessarily Romani; a carny.
    • Shakespeare:
      Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose, Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.
    • Borat:
      I will look on your treasures, gypsy. Is this understood?

Usage notes[edit]

See the usage note about Gypsy.

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Adjective[edit]

gypsy (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of Gypsy: of or belonging to the Romani people or one of it sub-groups (Roma, Sinti, Romanichel, etc).
  2. (offensive) Of or having the qualities of an itinerant person or group with qualities traditionally ascribed to Romani people; making a living from dishonest practices or theft etc.
    If anyone questions them, they'll fold up faster than a gypsy roofing company.

Usage notes[edit]

See the notes about Gypsy.

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Verb[edit]

gypsy (third-person singular simple present gypsies, present participle gypsying, simple past and past participle gypsied)

  1. (intransitive) To roam around the country like a gypsy.

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