gipsy

Definitions

  • Gipsy. Have your Fortune told
    Gipsy. Have your Fortune told
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Gipsy 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)
    • n gipsy a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment "itinerant traders"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Gipsy Fortune-teller Gipsy Fortune-teller
GIPSIES GIPSIES
SIR WILLIAM'S SKETCH OF THE GIPSIES SIR WILLIAM'S SKETCH OF THE GIPSIES

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & a Gipsy See Gypsy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Gipsy One of a peculiar vagabond race which appeared in England for the first time about the beginning of the sixteenth century, and in eastern Europe at least two centuries earlier, and is now found in every country of Europe, as well as in parts of Asia, Africa, and America. The Gipsies are distinguishable from the peoples among whom they rove by their bodily appearance and by their language. Their forms are generally light, lithe, and agile; skin of a tawny color; eyes large, black, and brilliant; hair long, coal-black, and often ringleted; mouth well shaped; and teeth of dazzling whiteness. Ethnologists generally concur in regarding the Gipsies as descendants of some obscure Hindu tribe. They pursue various nomadic occupations, being tinkers, basket-makers, fortune-tellers, dealers in horses, etc., are often expert musicians, and are credited with thievish propensities. They appear to be destitute of any system of religion, but traces of various forms of paganism are found in their language and customs. The name Gipsy also sometimes applied to or assumed by other vagrants of like habits.
    • n Gipsy The language of the Gipsies. This language, which the Gipsies call Romany chiv or chib, is a Hindu dialect derived from Sanskrit, but much corrupted by admixture with the tongues of the peoples among whom they have sojourned. Thus, in the vocabulary of the Anglo-Scottish Gipsies there are Greek, Slavic, Rumanian, Magyar, German, and French ingredients, evidencing that they had sojourned in the countries where these languages are spoken.
    • n Gipsy [lowercase] A person exhibiting any of the qualities attributed to Gipsies, as darkness of complexion, trickery in trade, arts of cajolery, and especially, as applied to a young woman, playful freedom or innocent roguishness of action or manner.
    • n Gipsy [lowercase] Nautical, a small winch or crab used on board ship: same as gipsy-winch
    • n Gipsy [lowercase] The gipsy-moth (which see).
    • Gipsy Of, pertaining to, or resembling a Gipsy or the Gipsies.
    • Gipsy Unconventional; outdoor; considered as resembling the free life of a Gipsy.
    • Gipsy To picnic; play at being a Gipsy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gipsy jip′si one of a wandering race, originally from India, now scattered over Europe: one with a dark complexion: a sly, roguish woman
    • adj Gipsy unconventional, outdoor
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Usage

In literature:

A band of Hungarian gipsies plays inspiriting and seductive music.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
The gipsies are playing the saddest of sad songs, it seems as if one's heartstrings were being wrenched out of one's body.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Was it some international password or a gipsy note of universal import?
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Or if not a gipsy then a thing of nought, to be pitied if the truth were known, at any rate to be skirted.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
A few moments later the descent was completed, and the soft grass under her feet set Gipsy dancing to get on, but Conroy pulled up.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Was the prospect of sharing this gipsy-like life attractive to him?
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
With her forehead pressed against the bars of the window, Rita noted the delight manifested by the gipsy at the present she had made him.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
The gipsy seemed to hesitate before replying.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846" by Various
No; Gipsy was not the pet for a little girl.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
No; she would run away and go to the gipsies, and Tom should never see her any more.
"Tom and Maggie Tulliver" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

And she also gives the gipsies money
While at Balmoral, I've been told,
And, mind ye, seldom silver,
But very often gold.
"Attempted Assassination of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall
So through the land I wandering went,
And little found of grief or joy;
But lost my bosom's sweet content
When first I loved the Gipsy-Boy.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
And Autumn, like a gipsy bold,
Doth gather near it grapes and grain,
Ere Winter comes, the woodman old,
To lop the leaves in wind and rain.
"Mountain Moss" by Henry Kendall
Oh, Thou whose realm is wide as air--
Thou wilt not spurn the Gipsies' prayer:
Though banned and barred by all beside,
Be Thou the Outcast's guard and guide.
"The Gipsy's Prayer" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
She turned, with the rout of her dusk South hair,
And saw the sleeping gipsy there:
And snatched and snapped it in swift child's whim,
With— "Keep it, long as you live!" — to him.
"The Poppy" by Francis Thompson
My poppies dance a minuet;
Like courtiers in silk they set
My garden all aglow . . . .
Yet O the vagrants at my gate!
The gipsy trulls who peer and wait! . . .
Calling the heart they know.
"Gipsy" by Robert W Service

In news:

Engine 145-hp de Havilland Gipsy Major.
And in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month … one of my favorite Gipsy Kings songs.
Gathering of Evangelical Roma in UK Reveals Gipsy Prejudice.
The Gipsy Kings have a particular rumba flamenca style, with salsa and pop influences.
Gipsy kings Category: 7:06 REMIX.
Engine 130 hp Gipsy Major 1.
I'm a huge fan of The Gipsy Kings, of Rodrigo y Gabriela, of flamenco in general.
Today is the final day of Bohemian Nights® at NewWestFest in downtown Fort Collins, and this evening features the Gipsy Kings at 5:30pm on the Mountain Avenue stage.
The early part of the week offers two concerts from vastly different worlds, courtesy of the flamenco stars Gipsy Kings and goth legend Peter Murphy.
I had heard OF the Gipsy Kings for years before I actually HEARD the Gipsy Kings.
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In science:

In order to do so, we have constructed a set of Monte Carlo model observations of dwarf galaxies with the GIPSY program GALMOD (originally written by T.S. van Albada). A model observation is based on a rotation curve, an axially symmetric HI distribution and the velocity dispersion of the HI gas.
The faint end of the Tully-Fisher relation
The spectra towards each of the sources were analysed with the Groningen Image Processing System (GIPSY; van der Hulst et al. 1992).
The interstellar clouds of Adams and Blaauw revisited: an HI absorption study - I
The General Intensional Programming System (GIPSY) was designed using the same model as GLU, but with flexibility and adaptability in mind [18, 24, 20].
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
This solution permits the JOOIP to embed Lucid expressions written in any variant of Lucid supported by the GIPSY, a unique feature of our solution.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
The main() method starts in the JOOIPCompiler class, and then, by using available Lucid parsers in the GIPSY, JavaParser and SemanticAnalyzer, which are already in the GIPC framework, it produces a compiled standard Java class.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
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