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).
/ˈɡrɪŋɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -gos
1.
a person from an English-speaking country: used as a derogatory term by Latin Americans
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.”

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

noun

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

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