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[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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British Dictionary definitions for spics


(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 spics



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.

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