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[spik] /spɪk/


or spik, spick

[spik] /spɪk/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Spanish-American person.
Origin of spic
1910-15; earlier also spig, short for spiggoty; claimed, perhaps correctly, to derive from an accented pronunciation of (No) speak the (English) Unabridged
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  • At five o'clock President de la Barra, very smiling and spick and span, arrived, accompanied by his staff.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • A pretty red house, all spick and span, and not a soul in it, far as I could see.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • Poor fellows, their torn and tattered uniforms contrast with the spick and span military gear of the National Guard.

  • And there's a spotless table-cloth, and all the accessories are spick and span.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • I was a bit of a dandy; always priding myself upon my spick and span get-up.

  • This is probably the true explanation of spick and span new.

  • spick and span, with graceful outlines, it suggested some great mechanical bird.

    Airship Andy Frank V. Webster
  • Today, however, she was almost as spick and span as Katy and Gertie.

    Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
  • I expected to see the spick and span schooner all messed up with try-out works, and grease, and smoke.

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • Presently Egerton came downstairs, spick and span, but not quite so smart.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
British Dictionary definitions for spick


(US, slang) a derogatory word for a person from a Spanish-speaking country in South or Central America or a Spanish-speaking community in the US
Word Origin
C20: perhaps alluding to a foreigner's mispronunciation of speak
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Word Origin and History for spick



derogatory for "Latino person," 1913, from cliche protestation, No spick English. Earlier spiggoty (1910 "speak-a the ..."); the term is said to have originated in Panama during the canal construction. But it also was applied from an early date to Italians, and some have suggested an alteration of spaghetti.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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