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


  • IPA(key): /ɡɹɪŋɡəʊ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋɡəʊ


gringo (plural gringos or gringoes)

  1. (slang, often derogatory) a white person from an English-speaking country, particularly the United States.
    Gringoes, go home!


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Borrowed from Spanish gringo.


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

  1. (Brazil, colloquial) a foreigner, especially one from a Northern country and especially one from the United States
    Synonym: estrangeiro

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Unlike English and Spanish gringo, this Portuguese term is not inherently offensive.


gringo m (feminine singular gringa, masculine plural gringos, feminine plural gringas, comparable)

  1. (slang, Brazil) foreign (from another country, especially the United States or another developed one)
    Aquele cara ali é gringo.
    That dude over there is a foreigner.
    Comprei um telefone gringo.
    I bought a foreign-made telephone.



Possibly 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. Possibly influenced by peregrino (pilgrim).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɾinɡo/, [ˈɡɾĩŋ.ɡo]


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

  1. (sometimes derogatory, Latin America) a foreigner whose native language is not Spanish
    • 1996, Félix Rodríguez González, quoting Esteban de Terroros y Pando, 1786, Spanish Loanwords in the English Language[1], →ISBN, 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 have a certain kind 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)”, in Semana[2], retrieved 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.
    Synonyms: (Spain, Mexico) gabacho, (Spain) guiri
  2. (sometimes derogatory, Latin America) an American (a person from the United States), particularly a white American

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  • English: gringo
  • Portuguese: gringo

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