Gyp or gip, pronounced with a soft g, got its start as a derogatory term for Gypsy.
The term dates to the mid-19th century. From Gipsey Davy, found in Francis Child’s English and Scottish Ballads, and written sometime before 1840:
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There was a gip came o’er the land.1
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