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.

noun British Informal.

  1. a male college servant, as at Cambridge and Durham.

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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