What does Gypsy mean?

Definitions for Gypsy
ˈdʒɪp sigyp·sy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Gypsy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. itinerant, gypsy, gipsynoun

    a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment

    "itinerant traders"

  2. Gypsy, Gipsy, Romany, Rommany, Romani, Roma, Bohemiannoun

    a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America)

  3. Romany, Gypsynoun

    the Indic language of the Gypsies


  1. gypsynoun

    An itinerant person or any person or group with qualities traditionally ascribed to Romani people, including suspected of making a living from dishonest practices or theft etc.; one of a vagabond race, not necessarily Romani

  2. gypsyadjective

    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.

  3. gypsyadjective

    Gypsy, of or belonging to the Romani.

  4. gypsyadjective

    Of or belonging to the Gypsy race (Webster).

  5. Gypsynoun

    A member of the Romani people, or one of it sub-groups (Roma, Sinti, Romanichal, etc). Gypsy is not used by the Romani people themselves (it is an exonym) and is considered pejorative by some, mainly among the Romani people themselves.

  6. Gypsynoun

    A member of other nomadic peoples, not only Romani people; a traveller.

  7. Gypsyadjective

    Of or belonging to the Romani people or one of it sub-groups (Roma, Sinti, Romanichel, etc). This term is sometimes considered pejorative.

    If anyone questions them, they'll fold up faster than a gypsy roofing company.

  8. Gypsynoun

    The language of the Romani people; Romani.

  9. Etymology: From Gypcyan, gyptien, from Aegyptius, because it was wrongly believed that dark-skinned Gypsies came from Egypt. See Egyptian.


  1. Gypsy

    The Romani (also spelled Romany or Rromani , ), colloquially known as the Roma, are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group and traditionally nomadic itinerants. They live in Europe and Anatolia, and have diaspora populations located worldwide with significant concentrations in the Americas. In the English language the Romani people are widely known by the exonym Gypsies (or Gipsies), which is considered pejorative by some Romani people due to its connotations of illegality and irregularity as well as its historical use as a racial slur. For versions (some of which are cognates) of the word in many other languages (e.g., French: Tzigane or gitan, Spanish: gitano, Italian: zingaro, Portuguese: cigano, Romanian: țigan and German: Zigeuner) this perception is either very small or non-existent. At the first World Romani Congress in 1971, its attendees unanimously voted to reject the use of all exonyms for the Romani people, including Gypsy, due to their aforementioned negative and stereotypical connotations.Linguistic and genetic evidence suggests that the Roma originated in the Indian subcontinent; in particular, the region of Rajasthan. They are dispersed, but their most concentrated populations are located in Europe, especially Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, Southern France, as well as Western Asia (mainly Turkey). The Romani people arrived in West Asia and Europe around the 14th century.Since the 19th century some Romani people have also migrated to the Americas. There are an estimated one million Roma in the United States and 800,000 in Brazil, most of whose ancestors emigrated in the 19th century from Eastern Europe. Brazil also includes a notable Romani community descended from people deported by the Portuguese Empire during the Portuguese Inquisition. In migrations since the late 19th century, Romani people have also moved to other countries in South America and to Canada. Though often confused with them, the Romani people are culturally different from Irish Travellers and the Yenish people, two groups who may be related to each other.Romani is an Indo-Aryan language with strong Balkan and Greek influence. It is divided into several dialects, which together are estimated to have more than two million speakers. Because it has traditionally been an oral language, many Romani people are native speakers of the dominant language in their country of residence or of mixed languages combining the dominant language with a dialect of Romani; those varieties are sometimes called Para-Romani.The Romani began to leave India about 1,000 years ago. They most likely left to escape the invasion of Afghan general Mahmud of Ghazni early in the 11th century. Mahmud's troops probably pushed the Romani out of northern India and into the area that is now Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.


  1. gypsy

    A gypsy is generally defined as a member of a traveling people traditionally living by itinerant trade and fortune telling. Gypsies originally came from the Indian subcontinent and migrated to various parts of the world, most notably Europe. They are well-known for maintaining a nomadic or semi-nomadic way of life. In a broader context, the term 'gypsy' is sometimes used to describe anyone who lives a nomadic lifestyle, regardless of their ethnic background. It is important to note that the term is often considered pejorative due to its historical usage as a racial slur and many people prefer the term 'Romani' or 'Roma'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gypsynoun

    one of a vagabond race, whose tribes, coming originally from India, entered Europe in 14th or 15th centry, and are now scattered over Turkey, Russia, Hungary, Spain, England, etc., living by theft, fortune telling, horsejockeying, tinkering, etc. Cf. Bohemian, Romany

  2. Gypsynoun

    the language used by the gypsies

  3. Gypsynoun

    a dark-complexioned person

  4. Gypsynoun

    a cunning or crafty person

  5. Gypsyadjective

    pertaining to, or suitable for, gypsies

  6. Gypsyverb

    to play the gypsy; to picnic in the woods

  7. Etymology: [OE. Gypcyan, F. gyptien Egyptian, gypsy, L. Aegyptius. See Egyptian.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gypsy

    Gypsyism. See Gipsy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gypsy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gypsy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Gypsy in a Sentence

  1. Kat Von D:

    The funny thing is that I’ve known since I was 7 years old that I was never going to have kids, i always imagined myself as this worldly, traveling, gypsy lady.

  2. William Hamilton:

    It strkes me as singularly inappropriate for a school to use its students for fund-raising. It reminded me of the first time I saw a gypsy mother send her baby out to beg.

  3. Oxane Taub:

    Hello this is Gypsy Taub. I am the ex-life partner of David DePape and the mother of his children, he is mentally ill. He has been mentally ill for a long time.

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