[spang-glish or, often, -lish]


Spanish spoken with a large admixture of English, especially American, words and expressions.

Origin of Spanglish

1965–70; blend of Spanish and English Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for spanglish



a variety of English heavily influenced by Spanish, commonly spoken in US Hispanic communities

Word Origin for Spanglish

C20: from a blend of Spanish + English
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for spanglish



"form of Spanish deformed by English words and idioms," by 1967, probably a nativization of Spanish Espanglish (1954); ultimately from Spanish (n.) + English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper