Gypsy \Gyp"sy\, n.; pl. Gypsies. [OE. Gypcyan, F. Gyptien, Egyptian,
Gypsy, L. Aegyptius. See Egyptian.] [Also spelled Gipsy and Gypsey.]
1. One of a vagabond race, whose tribes, coming originally from India,
entered Europe in 14th or 15th century, and are now scattered over Turkey,
Russia, Hungary, Spain, England, etc., living by theft, fortune telling,
horse jockeying, tinkering, etc. Cf. Bohemian, Romany.
Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose,
Beguiled me to the very heart of loss. --Shak.
2. The language used by the gypsies. --Shak.
3. A dark-complexioned person. --Shak.
4. A cunning or crafty person [Colloquial].
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary