gyp (dog)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Meto, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Meto Member

    a gyp in heat

    What breed of dog is a gyp? Or is it just any bitch?

    Thank you.
  2. fauxdefafa

    fauxdefafa Senior Member

    NE USA
    English - US
    I have to admit I've never heard gyp used that way, only as a verb, or as short for Gypsy. But I am not familiar with dogs, so I can't say.
  3. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    I've never heard the expression, but the FCI (Féderacion Cynologique Internationale) lists almost every breed at

    Your lack of context, i.e. whether you read it or heard it (always a risky thing to assume how it is written) and where.

    My speculation is that you misheard "bitch" or it's some local variation thereof.
  4. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    The OED defines gyp simply as a bitch, labelling it "U.S." and speculating, as regards its etymology, that it might be
    Here are the three citations given:
  5. Meto Member

    Thank you very much!!
  6. jprice1011 New Member

    A gyp is a female dog, specifically one that has not yet had puppies. Used similarly to heifer when referring to a cow that hasn't calved.
  7. JIFFYE New Member

    A "gyp" is a bitch that is old enough but has not been bread yet
  8. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    An interesting comment to this old thread on a very obscure reference, especially since I'm having a hard time picturing somebody stuffing "bread" into a dog. :D

    (The past participle of breed is "bred.")
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2013
  9. JIFFYE New Member

    Spell. Check sorry

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