gyppo, noun

Forms:
Also gypo.
Origin:
As gyppo verb.
army slang
a. The act of shirking a duty, or the means by which this is achieved. b. A shirker. Also attributive.
1978 Informant, (Army)It’s a lekker gyppo if you’re good at sport and you can play for the army — you get sent all over the place.
1978 Sunday Times 24 Sept. 11After the completion of the 20-km training run he had ordered Gunner Bothma to run in circles round a tree at a distance of 70 m. While Gunner Bothma was running he had shouted to Gunners Cronje and De Vries to ‘see to him’ as he was a ‘gyppo’ (lazy person).
1982 A. Roberts Informant, GrahamstownGypo. Shirker.
1989 Stanger Mail 3 Feb. 7When your troopie comes home on his first weekend pass you will be asked to sew his gypo seams. These seams are sewn close to the edge at the front and back of his trousers where the crease is normally ironed. This will save him hours of ironing and ensure that he will pass inspection.
The act of shirking a duty, or the means by which this is achieved.
A shirker. Also attributive.

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