AskDefine | Define gyp

Dictionary Definition

gyp n : a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property [syn: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, hustle, sting, flimflam] v : deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change" [syn: victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, con] [also: gypping, gypped]

User Contributed Dictionary




Note that this term may have derived from the word "gypsy", although no direct evidence exists.


  1. A cheat or swindle; a rip-off.
    Why do we have to buy this new edition of the textbook when there’s almost no difference between it and the previous one? What a gyp!
  2. In the context of "Cambridge and Durham, England": A college servant.


  1. In the context of "considered pejorative by many": To cheat or swindle someone of something inappropriately.
    The cab driver gypped me out of ten bucks by taking the longer route.
  2. In the context of "Wichita, Kansas, USA vicinity": play hooky or truant.
    He gypped school today.

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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