Gípsy. n.s. [Corrupted from Egyptian; for when they first appeared in Europe they declared, and perhaps truly, that they were driven from Egypt by the Turks. They are now mingled with all nations.]
- A vagabond who pretends to foretell futurity, commonly by palmestry or physiognomy.
The butler, though he is sure to lose a knife, a fork, or a spoon every time his fortune is told him, shuts himself up in the pantry with an old gipsy for above half an hour. Addison.
A frantick gipsey now, the house he haunts,
And in wild phrases speaks dissembled wants. Prior.
I, near yon stile, three sallow gypsies met;
Upon my hand they cast a poring look,
Bid me beware, and thrice their heads they shook. Gay.
In this still labyrinth around her lie
Spells, philters, globes, and spheres of palmistry;
A sigil in this hand the gipsy bears,
In th' other a prophetick sieve and sheers. Garth's Dispensat.
- A reproachful name for a dark complexion.
Laura, to his lady, was but a kitchen-wench; Dido a dowdy; Cleopatra a gipsy; Helen and Hero hildings and harlots. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
- A name of slight reproach to a woman.
The widow play'd the gypsy, and so did her confidant too, in pretending to believe her. L'Estrange.
A slave I am to Clara's eyes:
The gipsy knows her pow'r and flies. Prior.