in Latin America, a foreigner, esp. an American or Englishman: usually a dismissive or disparaging term
Origin of gringoMexican Spanish from Sp, gibberish, altered from Griego, Greek from Classical Latin Graecus, Greek
nounpl. grin·gos Often Offensive
A foreigner in Latin America, especially an American or English person.
Origin of gringoAmerican Spanish from Spanish foreigner, especially an English-speaking foreigner, with a poor Spanish accent possibly alteration of griego Greek from Latin Graecus ; see Greek .
(plural gringos or gringoes)
- (slang, often pejorative, in Latin America) A foreigner of Northern European phenotype.
From Spanish gringo, from griego (“Greek”), used for anyone who spoke an unintelligible language.