gypsy vs itinerant what difference

what is difference between gypsy and itinerant

English

Alternative forms

  • gipsy, gipsey, gypsey, gypsie (archaic)
  • gyptian

Etymology

See Gypsy. The generic usage that refers to any itinerant person.

Compare bohemian, from Bohemia.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɪp.si/
  • Rhymes: -ɪpsi

Noun

gypsy (plural gypsies)

  1. (sometimes offensive) Alternative form of Gypsy: a member of the Romani people.
  2. (colloquial) An itinerant person or any person, not necessarily Romani; a tinker, a traveller or a carny.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene 7,[1]
      Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose, Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.
  3. (sometimes offensive) A move in contra dancing in which two dancers walk in a circle around each other while maintaining eye contact (but not touching as in a swing). (Compare whole gyp, half gyp, and gypsy meltdown, in which this step precedes a swing.)
  4. (theater) A member of a Broadway musical chorus line.
  5. (dated) A person with a dark complexion.
  6. (dated) A sly, roguish woman.

Usage notes

See notes at Gypsy.

Synonyms

  • (contra dancing): gyre, gyp, gip

Derived terms

Translations

Adjective

gypsy (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of Gypsy: of or belonging to the Romani people.
  2. (offensive) Of or having the qualities of an itinerant person or group with qualities traditionally ascribed to Romani people; making a living from dishonest practices or theft etc.

Usage notes

See the notes about Gypsy.

Derived terms

Verb

gypsy (third-person singular simple present gypsies, present participle gypsying, simple past and past participle gypsied)

  1. (intransitive) To roam around the country like a gypsy.
  2. To perform the gypsy step in contra dancing.
    • 1992 April 7, win…@ssrl01.slac.stanford.edu, contra-gypsies, in rec.folk-dancing, Usenet:
      Look at the person you’re gypsying with, and convey the message that you notice them as a person and that you’re glad that they’re there, []
    • 1998, September 9, Jonathan Sivier, Contra Corners – followed by gypsy, in rec.folk-dancing, Usenet:
      The only one I know of is The Tease by Tom Hinds which starts with the actives gypsying and then swinging their neighbors and ends with contra []

See also

  • Gypsy on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • References

    • gypsy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


    English

    Etymology

    From Late Latin itinerāntem, from itinerāns, present active participle of itineror (I travel). See also itinerate, itinerary.

    Pronunciation

    • IPA(key): /aɪˈtɪnɚənt/

    Adjective

    itinerant (comparative more itinerant, superlative most itinerant)

    1. Habitually travelling from place to place. [from 1560s]

    Translations

    Noun

    itinerant (plural itinerants)

    1. One who travels from place to place.
    2. (Ireland) A member of the Travelling Community, whether settled or not.

    Translations

    Further reading

    • itinerant on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

    Anagrams

    • nitratine

    Romanian

    Etymology

    From French itinérant.

    Adjective

    itinerant m or n (feminine singular itinerantă, masculine plural itineranți, feminine and neuter plural itinerante)

    1. itinerant

    Declension


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