noun (plural gypsies)
- 1 (usually Gypsy) a member of a traveling people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and traditionally live by seasonal work, itinerant trade, and fortune-telling. Gypsies are now found mostly in Europe, parts of North Africa, and North America, but are believed to have originated in South Asia.
mid 16th century: originally gipcyan, short for Egyptian (because Gypsies were popularly supposed to have come from Egypt)
Gypsy can also be spelled gipsy, with an i: both are correct.