Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a foreign woman in Latin America, especially an American or English woman.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Spanish, feminine of gringo, gringo; see gringo.

Examples

  • Here in Yucatan where an overweight person is called fatty, a one eyed person is called one eye, a dark person is called blackie, where we have a popular local band called “Nigga” worrying about being called a gringa is the least of my worries.

    No Problem With "Gringo"

  • The bartender boasts afterwards that the "gringa" up there doesn't know if she's a New Yorker or a Puerto Rican, speaking English and then Spanish, till finally he got her motor going and she screamed out,

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  • Americans and women being the prime balloonees, my gringa friends had it even worse.

    Nathaniel Loewentheil: Deviled Dancers, Drunken Pilgrimages and the Magic of Bolivia's Carnaval

  • As much as I loved Mexican culture, I was not the sort of gringa who dressed like Frida Kahlo or who hired an indigenous shaman to purify her casa.

    Rebecca Walker: Enabling the Dead: A Gringa's Day of the Dead Altar

  • Nancy's idyll is destroyed by a woman who storms in to the house and screams at Esteban in rapid-fire Spanish -- a shrill string of words that includes the words puta and gringa -- and after she leaves, Esteban tells Nancy that they cannot get married in the tone he uses when there is no more discussion allowed.

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  • They ogled the gringa as if she were an exotic creature, a Martian even.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • So to make a long story short, some “gringa” woman over heard my dad flipping out about it, at (his then) work.

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  • The owl swings his head and stares at me, as if to say, Wise up, gringa, this is China, your American ideas don't work here. 1n China, "Kwan goes on," you always responsible for someone else, no matter what.

    the secret sense

  • Or indeed much of anything other than priority one (getting back to Oaxaca) and priority two (checking out the tits on the gringa).

    Mother Of Storms

  • Events really change people, she realizes; Compafiero is the sort of nasty little boy who normally would have been sneaking around to peek at the gringa and the girls.

    Mother Of Storms

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