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or spik, spick

noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Spanish-American person.
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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)
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Examples from the Web for spick

Historical Examples of spick

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for spick


spick or spik

  1. 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
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Word Origin for spic

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.

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