Gyp·sy also Gip·sy (jĭpsē)
n. pl. Gyp·sies also Gip·sies
1. Often Offensive
a. See Romani.
b. The Romani language.
2. A member of any of various traditionally itinerant groups unrelated to the Romani.
3. gypsy One who follows an itinerant or otherwise unconventional career or way of life, especially:
a. A part-time or temporary member of a college faculty.
b. A member of the chorus line in a theater production.
[Alteration of Middle English gypcian, short for Egipcien, Egyptian (so called because the Romani people were thought to have come from Egypt).]
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