noun, plural grin·gos. Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
- grinding wheel,
- grip tape,
- gripe water
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.
Faco fired again; Gringo made still another effort to reach him, but could not find him now, so returned to his "Silver-brown."Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac|Ernest Thompson Seton
Oddly enough, just as he reached the sleeping Gringo, the outflung arm lifted abruptly from the ground for an inch or two.
The general wants the Gringo to cut out his heart and liver.
Never would she have further to do with the Gringo who spoke such words.The Night-Born|Jack London
The Mexicans were convinced that a large force of Gringo Diablos were at hand, and they feared for their lives.Life and adventures of Frank and Jesse James|J. A. Dacus
noun plural -gos
Word Origin 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.