gypsy

Definitions

  • The King of the Gypsies
    The King of the Gypsies
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Gypsy the Indic language of the Gypsies
    • n Gypsy 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 gypsy a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment "itinerant traders"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Gypsy Tenants of an Arab Palace Gypsy Tenants of an Arab Palace
A gypsy A gypsy
GYPSY DANCE GYPSY DANCE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The scarlet tanager, a songbird native to Illinois, can eat as many as 2,100 gypsy-moth caterpillars in one hour
    • Gypsy A cunning or crafty person.
    • Gypsy A dark-complexioned person.
    • Gypsy 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."
    • a Gypsy Pertaining to, or suitable for, gypsies.
    • Gypsy The language used by the gypsies.
    • v. i Gypsy To play the gypsy; to picnic in the woods.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
    • n Gypsy etc. See Gipsy, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The King and Queen of the Gypsies are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Meridian.
    • n Gypsy one of a wandering race, originally from India, now scattered over Europe: one with a dark complexion: a sly, roguish woman
    • Gypsy . See Gipsy.
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Quotations

  • Ralph Hodgson
    Ralph Hodgson
    “Time, you old gypsy man, will you not stay, put up your caravan just for one day?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. Gypcyan, F. égyptien, Egyptian, gypsy, L. Aegyptius,. See Egyptian

Usage

In literature:

Thus she wrote the "Spanish Gypsy," having only seen such gypsies two or three times.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
The picture represented a young gypsy who was playing the violin.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
The tall chief of the gypsies walked to the left and chose another path on the ice.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Again the Gypsy saw him riding past, and again the saint promised and forgot.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
And those dreadful Gypsies make the children they capture become Gypsies, too.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
The principal actors in this dream, or drama, are, as you will have gathered from the title-page, a Scholar, a Gypsy, and a Priest.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
Oh, he had bought it of a Gypsy, that I might learn to ride upon it.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
The Hungarian gypsy differs from all his brethren of Europe in being more intensely gypsy.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
There were mountebanks and fortune-tellers and gypsies at every turn.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866" by Various
So much for the Gypsies.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
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In poetry:

I want it all: with soul of gypsy
To run to plunder with a song,
To suffer for all near an organ,
To run to war, an Amazon;
"Prayer" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
What can it mean that Spring returns
And purple violets bloom,
Save that some gypsy flower may stray
Beside his nameless tomb!
"I Used To Wear A Gown Of Green" by Katherine Hale
"Gae take frae me this yay mantle,
And bring to me a plaidie;
For if kith and kin, and a' had sworn,
I'll follow the gypsy laddie.
"Johnie Faa" by Andrew Lang
Happen I'll find, ere night has passed,
Some of my kith and kin at last,
And meet a man with a heart as wild
As that of Gypsy Nan's lone child.
"The Daughter Of Gypsy Nan" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
And when our lord came hame at e'en,
And spier'd for his fair lady,
The tane she cry'd, and the other reply'd,
"She's awa' wi' the gypsy laddie!"
"Johnie Faa" by Andrew Lang
Your fearful caresses were more treacherous
Than the northern night,
More intoxicating than the golden champagne of Aï,
Briefer than a gypsy woman's love…
"To the Muse" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok

In news:

ETC Ion® console lights up Kusturica's punk opera Time of the Gypsies.
Morgan Reilly as Louise, Traci Ceschin as Rose and Wayne Gmitter as Herbie in Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Gypsy" -- opening Friday, October 12 and now extended through October 27.
Fanfare Cioc?rlia Gili Garabdi: Ancient Secrets Of Gypsy Brass.
Enjoy any evening with Fanfare Ciocarlia - who have been called "A Gypsy Music phenomenon" by the Independent UK.
It's against the law to remove firewood from counties under quarantine for either the emerald ash borer or the gypsy moth.
If fiery Gypsy temperament is a stereotype, it's not one that the Farruco family, from Spain, has any interest in dispelling.
The colorful rhythms of flamenco — Spain's spirited gypsy art — rang out on Thursday night in the intimate Recital Hall at the University at Albany.
Santa Barbara Gypsy/ Folk Rockers, OSO live PODCAST – June 14, 2011.
Gypsy- folk -rock Group The Sunny Era on KFAI Monday Morning.
Gypsy also told fortunes .
Bright Moments' Yacht Rock Gone Gypsy Punk Anthem "Tourists".
Jimi Hendrix Who Knows Band of Gypsys Polydor.
Jean Tanner/For Bluffton Today A trio of "gypsy" mushrooms at the base of a stump.
The Hot Club of Detroit is a tight, tight band that swings like crazy through its brand of Gypsy jazz paying tribute to the great guitarist Django Reinhardt.
He learned to play guitar in the countrysides of France among gypsies, and his travels have melded to create a sound that is distinctively Wrembel, combining world music with a heavy dose of gypsy jazz.
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In science:

The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the European Commission. E.T. received financial support from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR GYPSI). P.J.M. was supported by the US Department of Energy Contract No.
Stability of compressible reduced magnetohydrodynamic equilibria - analogy with magnetorotational instability
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