- (archaic) a Gypsy
- 1969, Georges Perec, Gilbert Adair (translator), A Void:
- Sporting a woolly cardigan with four buttons on top of an Oxford smock without a collar, our man has a faintly folksy look about him, calling to mind a zingaro or a gypsy, a carny or a Mongol, but also (switching to a wholly distinct mythology and iconography) a hippy strumming his guitar in a barroom in Haight-Ashbury or at Big Sur or in Katmandu.
Dissimilated form of earlier zingano, most likely from a Greek term meaning "untouchable". Compare the modern Greek designations Τσιγγάνοι (Tsingánoi), Αθίγγανοι (Athínganoi), τσιγγάνος (tsingános). Cognate to German Zigeuner.
- 1975, “Rimmel”, in Rimmel, performed by Francesco De Gregori:
- Chi mi ha fatto le carte / mi ha chiamato vincente / ma uno zingaro, è un trucco.
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- (offensive) a scruffy or slovenly person
- Gypsy (attributive)