Main definitions of gyp in English

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gyp1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Cheat or swindle (someone)

    ‘that's salesmanship, you have to gyp people into buying stuff they don't like’
    • ‘I just feel gypped, like I paid ten dollars for a chocolate bar from the ‘best place in town’, and then it turned out to be horrible.’
    • ‘And we are getting gypped every time contract negotiations come up.’
    • ‘We learned later, after a beautiful drive alongside the palm-lined Euphrates back to Baghdad that our guides had gypped us.’
    • ‘In this manner I consumed this epic work within fifteen minutes and felt gypped.’
    • ‘Later we made the corrections and gave each person a copy, so that they never thought that they'd been gypped.’
    • ‘Because I swear that jerk has gypped Joanie and Dinah already this week!’
    • ‘So did you feel totally gypped when he admitted to cheating on his wife?’
    • ‘We are angrily awaiting him, because he gypped us last year.’
    • ‘You feel gypped when most bands play shorthanded, but not with this lot.’
    • ‘What was bothering me was the thought that my boss was acting in a punitive kind of way with intent to gyp me out of what I was entitled to for the purposes of saving money.’
    • ‘Mom woke me up to give me a little broth (since my body has a habit of emptying its contents on an hourly basis, she gypped me of the good stuff).’
    • ‘Jr. has got to be feeling awfully gypped these days.’
    • ‘Lean on the handrails to support the majority of your body weight and gyp yourself out of the workout you deserve.’
    • ‘I know they are a ripoff, and regardless of whether I liked the original or not, I feel gypped.’
    • ‘While Eva is attracted to freedom of movement, she also associates a non-sedentary lifestyle with criminality, with ‘gypping’ folks of their accumulated possessions.’
    • ‘It doesn't really satisfy, but you probably won't exit the theater feeling gypped.’
    • ‘Observing the extent to which Trinidadians are gypped by large businesses and government offices makes me a vocal example of your assertion that the educated class is being lost to countries of the north Atlantic.’
    • ‘People are going to come to get their money's worth, and then get gypped.’
    • ‘Or perhaps you got gypped genetically, and earning prize-winning abs has been a losing battle.’
    • ‘We felt gypped, cheated, enraged.’
    deceive, trick, dupe, outwit, fool, delude, cheat, take in, bluff, hoax, mislead, misguide, lead on, defraud, double-cross, swindle, gull, finagle, get the better of
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noun

informal
  • An act of cheating; a swindle.

    • ‘I'm a bit miffed because weblogging has done absolutely nothing for my sex life - what a gyp.’
    • ‘Which is a bit of a gyp, since * they * are the ones who put that spare tire there!’
    • ‘That also means I never actually turned into a four-foot dragon, which is kind of a gyp.’
    • ‘The boys simply praise their companions' qualities and unsentimentally lament their death, which in their cosmology was mainly just a big gyp.’
    • ‘But to have a machete-wielding wild woman and a baseball bat-brandishing hero and to never once get a good look at their handiwork seems like a colossal gyp.’
    stratagem, ploy, ruse, scheme, device, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, artifice, wile, dodge
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Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

gyp

/jip/

Main definitions of gyp in English

: gyp1gyp2

gyp2

noun

British
  • A college servant at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham.

    • ‘I would get up early, leaving my room to be taken care of by a gyp who would even make my bed.’
    • ‘I can recollect, when I was a gyp at Cambridge, that the men used to have breakfast-parties for the very same purpose; and the exhibition of the morning acted infallibly upon the stomach, and caused the young students to eat with much voracity.’
    attendant, retainer
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Origin

Mid 18th century: perhaps from obsolete gippo menial kitchen servant originally denoting a man's short tunic, from obsolete French jupeau.

Pronunciation:

gyp

/jip/