Gypsy

Gypsy

[jip-see]
noun, plural Gypsies.
1.
a member of a nomadic, Caucasoid people of generally swarthy complexion, who migrated originally from India, settling in various parts of Asia, Europe, and, most recently, North America.
2.
Romany; the language of the Gypsies.
3.
(lowercase) a person held to resemble a gypsy, especially in physical characteristics or in a traditionally ascribed freedom or inclination to move from place to place.
4.
(lowercase) Informal. gypsy cab.
5.
(lowercase) Informal. an independent, usually nonunion trucker, hauler, operator, etc.
6.
(lowercase) Slang. a chorus dancer, especially in the Broadway theater.
7.
(lowercase) gyp1 ( def 4 ).
adjective
8.
of or pertaining to the Gypsies.
9.
(lowercase) Informal. working independently or without a license: gypsy truckers.
Also, especially British, Gipsy, gipsy.


Origin:
1505–15; back formation of gipcyan, aphetic variant of Egyptian, from a belief that Gypsies came originally from Egypt

gypsydom, noun
gypsyesque, gypsyish, gypsylike, gypseian, adjective
gypsyhood, noun
gypsyism, noun
non-Gypsy, noun, plural non-Gypsies.
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Gypsy or Gipsy (ˈdʒɪpsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
1.  a.  a member of a people scattered throughout Europe and North America, who maintain a nomadic way of life in industrialized societies. They migrated from NW India from about the 9th century onwards
 b.  (as modifier): a Gypsy fortune-teller
2.  the language of the Gypsies; Romany
3.  a person who looks or behaves like a Gypsy
 
[C16: from Egyptian, since they were thought to have come originally from Egypt]
 
Gipsy or Gipsy
 
n
 
[C16: from Egyptian, since they were thought to have come originally from Egypt]
 
'Gypsydom or Gipsy
 
n
 
'Gipsydom or Gipsy
 
n
 
'Gypsyhood or Gipsy
 
n
 
'Gipsyhood or Gipsy
 
n
 
'Gypsyish or Gipsy
 
adj
 
'Gipsyish or Gipsy
 
adj
 
'Gypsy-like or Gipsy
 
adj
 
'Gipsy-like or Gipsy
 
adj

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Gypsy
1600, alteration of gypcian, a worn-down M.E. dial. form of egypcien "Egyptian," from the supposed origin of these people. Cognate with Sp. Gitano and close in sense to Turk. and Arabic Kipti "gypsy," lit. "Coptic;" but in M.Fr. they were Bohémien (see bohemian),
and in Sp. also Flamenco "from Flanders." "The gipsies seem doomed to be associated with countries with which they have nothing to do" [Weekley]. Zingari, the It. and Ger. name, is of unknown origin. Romany is from the people's own language, a pl. adj. form of rom "man." Gipsy is the prefered spelling in England.
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Gypsy definition


Specification and verification of concurrent systems software. Message passing using named mailboxes. Separately compilable units: routine (procedure, function, or process), type and constant definition, each with a list of access rights.
["Report on the Language Gypsy", A.L. Ambler et al, UT Austin ICSCS-CMP-1976-08-1].

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