verb (gyps, gypping, gypped)[with object]
- Cheat or swindle (someone): that’s salesmanship, you have to gyp people into buying stuff they don’t likeMore example sentences
- We learned later, after a beautiful drive alongside the palm-lined Euphrates back to Baghdad that our guides had gypped us.
- 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).
- We are angrily awaiting him, because he gypped us last year.
noun(also gip) Back to top
- An act of cheating; a swindle.More example sentences
- That also means I never actually turned into a four-foot dragon, which is kind of a 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.
- The boys simply praise their companions' qualities and unsentimentally lament their death, which in their cosmology was mainly just a big gyp.
late 19th century: of unknown origin.
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noun[mass noun] British • informal
late 19th century: perhaps from gee-up (see gee2).
- A college servant at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham.More example sentences
- 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.
mid 18th century: perhaps from obsolete gippo 'menial kitchen servant', originally denoting a man's short tunic, from obsolete French jupeau.