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n. pl. grin·gos Often Offensive
A foreigner in Latin America, especially an American or English person.

[American Spanish, from Spanish, foreigner, especially an English-speaking foreigner, with a poor Spanish accent, possibly alteration of griego, Greek, from Latin Graecus; see Greek.]
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(ˈɡrɪŋɡəʊ) or feminine


n, pl -gos or -gas
(Peoples) derogatory (used by Latin Americans) a person from an English-speaking country, esp the USA
[C19: from Spanish: foreigner, probably from griego Greek, hence an alien]
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(ˈgrɪŋ goʊ)

n., pl. -gos.
usage: This term is usually used with disparaging intent, implying that the foreigner is an outsider who does not understand or respect Latin American culture or does not treat Latin Americans well. However, the term is sometimes used in a humorous way without intent to offend.
Usually Disparaging. (a term used in Latin America to refer to a foreigner, esp. one of U.S. or British origin.)
[1840–50 < Sp: foreign language, foreigner]
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A Spanish word meaning foreigner, used disparagingly in Latin America for a North American or Englishman.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gringo - a Latin American (disparaging) term for foreigners (especially Americans and Englishmen)
alien, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander - a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
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[ˈgrɪŋgəʊ] N (US) (pej) → gringo/a m/f
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[ˈgrɪŋgəʊ] n (offensive)gringo m
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n (esp US pej) → Gringo m
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And Urcisino Castillo told him to his face that he was a dog of a Gringo and other things.
Never would she have further to do with the Gringo who spoke such words.
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"The Gringos say it is a cruel sport--no?" said Luis Cervallos.
There is no understanding the Gringos. They are barbarians.
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You make the mistake of all Gringos in thinking a Mexican is a white man.
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Gringo, along with his amigos Noel and Feliz, has just released his all-new offerings for the holidays: the aptly named Hola-day Boards.