Gypsy

Definition of Gypsy

Gyp´sy   Pronunciation: jĭp´sŷ
n.1.One of a vagabond race, whose tribes, coming originally from India, entered Europe in the 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.
Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose,
Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.
- Shak.
2.The language used by the gypsies.
3.A dark-complexioned person.
4.A cunning or crafty person.
a.1.Pertaining to, or suitable for, gypsies.
Gypsy hat
a woman's or child's broad-brimmed hat, usually of straw or felt.
Gypsy winch
a small winch, which may be operated by a crank, or by a ratchet and pawl through a lever working up and down.
v. i.1.To play the gypsy; to picnic in the woods.

Related Words

Bohemian, Gipsy, gitana, gitano, itinerant, Roma, Romany, Rommany
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