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See also: Gypsy
gypsy (plural gypsies)
- (sometimes offensive) Alternative form of : a member of the Romani people.
- (colloquial) An itinerant person or any person, not necessarily Romani; a tinker, a traveller or a carny.
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene vii]:
- Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose, Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.
- (sometimes offensive) A move in contra dancing in which two dancers walk in a circle around each other while maintaining eye contact (but not touching as in a swing). (Compare whole gyp, half gyp, and gypsy meltdown, in which this step precedes a swing.)
- (theater) A member of a Broadway musical chorus line.
- (dated) A person with a dark complexion.
- (dated) A sly, roguish woman.
- (dated, colloquial) A fortune teller
See notes at Gypsy.
member of the Rom people — see Gypsy
member of the Rom people — see Rom
any itinerant person, or any person suspected of making a living from dishonest practices or theft
gypsy (not comparable)
- Alternative form of : of or belonging to the Romani people.
- (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.
See the notes about Gypsy.
- (intransitive) To roam around the country like a gypsy.
- 1885, Richard F. Burton, chapter XX, in The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, volume I, The Burton Club, page 199 footnote:
- The rest of the day is spent out of doors "Gypsying", and families greatly enjoy themselves on these occasions.
- To perform the gypsy step in contra dancing.
- 1992 April 7, win...@ssrl01.slac.stanford.edu, “contra-gypsies”, in rec.folk-dancing (Usenet):
- Look at the person you're gypsying with, and convey the message that you notice them as a person and that you're glad that they're there, […]
- 1998 September 9, Jonathan Sivier, “Contra Corners - followed by gypsy”, in rec.folk-dancing (Usenet):
- The only one I know of is The Tease by Tom Hinds which starts with the actives gypsying and then swinging their neighbors and ends with contra […]