Romany term for a non-gypsy. The term is derogatory in nature, translating literally as "bumpkin", "yokel", or "barbarian".

Properly pronounced "gahdjé".

Gage (?), n. [F. gage, LL. gadium, wadium; of German origin; cf. Goth. wadi, OHG. wetti, weti, akin to E. wed. See Wed, and cf. Wage, n.]

1.

A pledge or pawn; something laid down or given as a security for the performance of some act by the person depositing it, and forfeited by nonperformance; security.

Nor without gages to the needy lend. Sandys.

2.

A glove, cap, or the like, cast on the ground as a challenge to combat, and to be taken up by the accepter of the challenge; a challenge; a defiance.

"There I throw my gage."

Shak.

 

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Gage (?), n. [So called because an English family named Gage imported the greengage from France, in the last century.]

A variety of plum; as, the greengage; also, the blue gage, frost gage, golden gage, etc., having more or less likeness to the greengage. See Greengage.

 

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Gage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gaged (?); p. pr & vb. n. Gaging (?).] [Cf. F. gager. See Gage, n., a pledge.]

1.

To give or deposit as a pledge or security for some act; to wage or wager; to pawn or pledge.

[Obs.]

A moiety competent Was gaged by our king. Shak.

2.

To bind by pledge, or security; to engage.

Great debts Wherein my time, sometimes too prodigal, Hath left me gaged. Shak.

 

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Gage, n.

A measure or standart. See Gauge, n.

 

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Gage, v. t.

To measure. See Gauge, v. t.

You shall not gage me By what we do to-night. Shak.

 

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