A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:


View Scan · View Transcription · from pages 901, 902

View Scan · View Transcription · from pages 901, 902

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.]

  1. 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.

    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.

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Garth, Samuel (17) · Gay, John (51) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46)

Attributes: No attributes defined yet for this entry.

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Gipsy." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 30, 2012. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/gipsy/.

johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.