verb (used with or without object), gypped, gyp·ping.

  1. Informal: Sometimes Offensive. to defraud or rob by some sharp practice; swindle; cheat.


  1. Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a swindle or fraud.
  2. Also gyp·per [jip-er] /ˈdʒɪp ər/, gypster. Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a swindler or cheat.
  3. Also called gypsy. an owner of racehorses who also acts as trainer and jockey.

verb gyps, gypping, gypped, gips, gipping or gipped

  1. (tr) to swindle, cheat, or defraud


  1. an act of cheating
  2. a person who gyps


  1. British and NZ slang severe pain; torturehis arthritis gave him gyp


  1. a college servant at the universities of Cambridge and DurhamCompare scout 1 (def. 5)

“to cheat, swindle,” 1889, American English, probably derived from the colloquial shortening of Gypsy (cf. gip). Related: Gypped. As a noun, “fraudulent action, a cheat,” by 1914.

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