or spik, spick
[ spik ]
/ spɪk /
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noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Spanish American person.
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Origin of spic
First recorded in 1910–15; earlier also spig, short for spiggoty, probably derived from an accented pronunciation of (No) speak the (English)
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British Dictionary definitions for spic
spick or spik
/ (spɪk) /
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 for spic
C20: perhaps alluding to a foreigner's mispronunciation of speak
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