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See Gypsy. The generic usage that refers to any itinerant person.

Compare bohemian, from Bohemia.


  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɪ
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪpsi


gypsy (plural gypsies)

  1. (sometimes offensive) Alternative form of Gypsy: a member of the Romani people.
  2. (colloquial) An itinerant person or any person, not necessarily Romani; a tinker, a traveller or a carny.
  3. (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.)
  4. (theater) A member of a Broadway musical chorus line.
  5. (dated) A person with a dark complexion.
  6. (dated) A sly, roguish woman.
  7. (dated, colloquial) A fortune teller

Usage notes[edit]

See notes at Gypsy.


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gypsy (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of Gypsy: of or belonging to the Romani people.
  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.

Usage notes[edit]

See the notes about Gypsy.

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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.
    • 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.
  2. To perform the gypsy step in contra dancing.
    • 1992 April 7,, “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 []

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