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[spik] /spɪk/


or spik, spick

[spik] /spɪk/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Spanish-American person.
Origin of spic
1910-15; earlier also spig, short for spiggoty; claimed, perhaps correctly, to derive from an accented pronunciation of (No) speak the (English) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for spick
Historical Examples
  • I don't know I ever did see the house so spick and span before!

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • She looked just the same as when I last saw her—spick and span, and—dry.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • A pretty red house, all spick and span, and not a soul in it, far as I could see.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • And there's a spotless table-cloth, and all the accessories are spick and span.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • This is probably the true explanation of spick and span new.

  • Today, however, she was almost as spick and span as Katy and Gertie.

    Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
  • Presently Egerton came downstairs, spick and span, but not quite so smart.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • "It is only to spick about my caf," she said to Miss Spencer, with her agreeable smile.

    Four Meetings Henry James
  • The owner said most particular that it was to be made all spick and span for you.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • All, so far as eye could see, was motley-hued and spick and span for brightness.

British Dictionary definitions for spick


(US, slang) a derogatory word for a person from a Spanish-speaking country in South or Central America or a Spanish-speaking community in the US
Word Origin
C20: perhaps alluding to a foreigner's mispronunciation of speak
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Word Origin and History for spick



derogatory for "Latino person," 1913, from cliche protestation, No spick English. Earlier spiggoty (1910 "speak-a the ..."); the term is said to have originated in Panama during the canal construction. But it also was applied from an early date to Italians, and some have suggested an alteration of spaghetti.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spick



: Jill don't want anyone to know she got a spic baby


  1. A Latino or person of such descent: female spick, short, fat (1913+)
  2. The Spanish language (1933+)

[fr the presumed protestation ''No spick English'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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