gringo

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From Spanish gringo, from griego (Greek), used for anyone who spoke an unintelligible language.

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gringo (plural gringos or gringoes)

  1. (slang, often pejorative, in Latin America) a white person from an English-speaking country.

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Portuguese[edit]

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From Spanish gringo.

Noun[edit]

gringo m (plural gringos, feminine gringa, feminine plural gringas)

  1. foreigner

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  1. (slang, Brazil) very cool; fashionable
  2. (slang, Brazil) foreign (from another country)
    Aquele cara alí é gringo.
    That dude over there is a foreigner.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From griego (Greek), particularly from the phrase hablar en griego (to speak Greek) (with a similar connotation to the English phrase it's all Greek to me).

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gringo m (plural gringos, feminine gringa)

  1. (sometimes pejorative, Latin America) foreigner, outlander
  • 1996, Félix Rodríguez González quoting Esteban de Terroros y Pando, 1786, Spanish Loanwords in the English Language[1], ISBN 9783110148459, page 143:
    ... gringos, llaman en Málaga a los extranjeros, que tienen cierta especie de acento, que los priva de una locución fácil, y natural Castellana; y en Madrid dan el mismo, y por la misma causa con particularidad a los irlandeses. — gringos is what, in Malaga, they call foreigners who hav a special of accent that prevents them from speaking Castilian easily and naturally; and in Madrid they give the same name, in particular, to the Irish.
  • 2008 October 8, Antonio Caballero, “El negro gringo (o el gringo negro)”, Semana, accessed on 2014-08-01:
    Pero la realidad es más terca que la corrección política, y el hecho real es que Barack Obama, próximo presidente de los Estados Unidos, es un gringo, y es un negro. O, si se prefiere así, es un negro, y es un gringo. — But the reality is more stubborn than political correctness, and the fact is that Barack Obama, the next president of the United States, is a gringo, and is black. Or, if you so prefer, is a black, and a gringo.

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