- a term used in Latin America or Spain to refer to a foreigner, especially one of U.S. or British descent (sometimes used facetiously).
Origin of gringo
Examples from the Web for gringo
The story of their visit quickly spread among the ‘Gringo Trail’ and McFadden lucked into a business as the unofficial tour guide.
After that, backpackers on the South American ‘Gringo Trail’ began touring and partying in San Pedro.
Also at any moment the devil may send me a Gringo; their scouts are as plenty as scorpions.Rita
Laura E. Richards
Gringo, if you are not more careful we shall have to gag you!Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants
H. Irving Hancock
Does my brother know the Gringo has asked the Apaches for a guide?The Trail-Hunter
Gringo pig of a spy, you shall die and be fed to the buzzards!Uncle Sam Detective
William Atherton Du Puy
In his arroyo again, he proposed to make the Gringo as a sieve.The Missourian
Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
- a person from an English-speaking country: used as a derogatory term by Latin Americans
Word Origin and History for gringo
1849, from Mexican Spanish gringo, contemptuous word for "foreigner," from Spanish gringo "foreign, unintelligible talk, gibberish," perhaps ultimately from griego "Greek." The "Diccionario Castellano" (1787) says gringo was used in Malaga for "anyone who spoke Spanish badly," and in Madrid for "the Irish."
In Latin America, a foreigner, especially a North American or Englishman; usually a term of contempt.