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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  centry,  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  --Shak. 
 
  2.  The  language  used  by  the  gypsies.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  A  dark-complexioned  person.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  A  cunning  or  crafty  person  [Collog.]  --Prior. 




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