American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a foreigner in Latin America, especially an American or English person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Among Spanish Americans, an Englishman or an Anglo-American: a term of contempt.
- n. slang, often pejorative, Latin America A Caucasian foreigner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Among Spanish Americans, a foreigner, especially an American or sometimes an Englishman; -- often used disparagingly or as a term of reproach.
- n. a Latin American (disparaging) term for foreigners (especially Americans and Englishmen)
- From Spanish gringo, from griego ("Greek"), used for anyone who spoke an unintelligible language. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, foreign, foreign language, gibberish, probably alteration of griego, Greek, from Latin Graecus; see Greek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“BLANC “White,” but more precisely “foreigner,” and like the term gringo in parts of Latin America, not necessarily pejorative.”
“The word gringo is often said to have originated with invading American soldiers who sang the lyrics from “Green Grow the Rushes, O” in marching cadence, which the Mexicans are supposed to have adapted phonetically.”
“Lets be serious here, as a person who's studied in Puerto Rico I can tell you that the only thing Puerto Rican's despise more than a gringo is a black person.”
“Yes the inclusion of the word 'gringo' conjures up certain…”
“While El Real maybe a miss as a restaurant, it is sad that a poster has to use the derogatory term "gringo" when refering to white people.”
“It might be mistaken identity, as the poster above me said, but among all my Mexican friends, from either here in Ajijic or from Guadalajara, a "gringo" is a person from the U.S.”
“The fact that the common use of "gringo" in Zacatecas and the view among Chiapanecos that the word "gringo" is an inexcusable affront to people who might be so identified is evidence that we should all be careful indeed about using using words with which we are only marginally familiar when describing others from other cultural backgrounds.”
“There's nothing academic about it, "gringo" is used all over the Spanish speaking world to mean a foreign-language speaker.”
“I heard the word gringo come up a few times with a few chuckles, but I rolled with the punches.”
“The other definition, regarding its reference to foreigners, makes more sense, as any non-latino is often called gringo here in Peru regardless of what country they come from.”
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