What Does GYPO Mean in a Text?

GYPO means "Gypsy" or "Independent Logger."


The term GYPO is widely used as an abbreviation of the word "Gypsy." It was originally used as a derogatory term to refer to someone from the traveling community (e.g., Romani travelers, Irish travelers, gypsies), but is now more widely used as a common insult throughout the English-speaking world, particularly in the UK.

In this context, GYPO is similar to PIKEY, which originally referred to Irish gypsies, but is now also widely used as an insult.

In 2010, Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira had an international hit with a song called "Gypsy."

Shakira - Gypsy (Official Music Video)

Independent Logger

In the Pacific Northwest, a GYPO is a small independent logger or logging company. It can also be used to refer to any small independent business. Originally employed as a derogatory term for non-unionized loggers contracted by employers to break labor strikes, the label GYPO has since been worn with pride by many independent loggers.

Here's a 2015 tribute to GYPO loggers from Buzz Martin:

Cat Skinning Gypo Logger

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When I write GYPO, I mean this:

meaning of GYPO

GYPO also means "Independent Logger."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for GYPO

"Gypsy" is the most common definition for GYPO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for GYPO

In the Pacific Northwest, "Independent Logger" is another common definition for GYPO.
Definition:Independent Logger
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of GYPO in Sentences

Here are examples of GYPO being used in conversations:
  • Letitia: Have you seen who Caroline's going out with?
  • Natalie: Yeah. He looks a right GYPO.

  • (Here, GYPO probably means "Gypsy" and is being used as a derogatory term.)
  • Anita: Do you live in a trailer?
  • Marilyn: Yes, but I'm no GYPO. Douchebag!

  • (Here, GYPO means "Gypsy" and is being used as a derogatory term.)
  • Hank: What do you want to be when you leave school?
  • Sarah: I'm gonna be a GYPO, like my dad.

  • (Here, GYPO probably means "Independent Logger.")

An Academic Look at GYPO

GYPO is a slang word. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

GYPO is typically used as a noun (i.e., a naming word). For example:
  • There is a GYPO camping on the village green.
  • You are a robbing GYPO.
However, especially when used to refer to logging operations, GYPO can also be used as a verb (i.e., a doing word). For example:
  • They GYPOED out the timber cutting.
  • I am GYPOING with Sarah.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of GYPO to mean "Gypsy" or to refer to independent loggers, long pre-dates the digital era.

Example of GYPO Used in a Text

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