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gringo

[gring-goh] /ˈgrɪŋ goʊ/
noun, plural gringos. Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a term used in Latin America or Spain to refer to a foreigner, especially one of U.S. or British descent (sometimes used facetiously).
Origin
1840-1850
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
Usage note
Use of this term implies that the foreigner is an outsider who does not understand or respect Hispanic culture or does not treat Hispanics well. However, gringo is sometimes used consciously for humorous effect, without intent to offend.
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British Dictionary definitions for gringos

gringo

/ˈɡrɪŋɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -gos
1.
a person from an English-speaking country: used as a derogatory term by Latin Americans
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: foreigner, probably from griego Greek, hence an alien
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Word Origin and History for gringos

gringo

n.

1849, from Mexican Spanish gringo, contemptuous word for "foreigner," from Spanish gringo "foreign, unintelligible talk, gibberish," perhaps ultimately 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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gringos in Culture

gringo definition


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

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Slang definitions & phrases for gringos

gringo

noun

English people or Anglo-Americans: gringo, used contemptuously by Spanish-Americans (1849+)


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Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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