gringo

gringo

[gring-goh]
noun, plural gringos. Usually Disparaging.
(in Latin America or Spain) a foreigner, especially one of U.S. or British descent.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; < Spanish: foreign language, foreigner, especially English-speaking (pejorative); probably alteration of griego Greek. The belief that word is from the song “Green Grow the Lilacs,” popular during U.S.-Mexican War, is without substance

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gringo (ˈɡrɪŋɡəʊ)
 
n , pl -gos
a person from an English-speaking country: used as a derogatory term by Latin Americans
 
[C19: from Spanish: foreigner, probably from griego Greek, hence an alien]

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gringo
1849, from Mex.Sp. gringo, contemptuous word for "foreigner," from Sp. gringo "foreign, unintelligible talk, gibberish," perhaps ult. from griego "Greek." The "Diccionario Castellano" (1787) says gringo was used in Malaga for "anyone who spoke Spanish badly," and in Madrid for "the Irish."
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gringo definition


In Latin America, a foreigner, especially a North American or Englishman; usually a term of contempt.

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