gringo
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gringo
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el gringo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la gringa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
There's a lot of tourism in Playa del Carmen. It's full of gringos every summer.Hay mucho turismo en Playa del Carmen. Está llena de gringos cada verano.
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gringo
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el gringo(a)
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
la gringo(a)
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
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gringo [ˈɡrɪŋɡəʊ]
noun
(US) gringoagringa (m) (f);a gringa
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gringo
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el gringo, la gringa(
green
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goh
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This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(non-native person)
a. gringo
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
Desde que el vecindario se volvió peligroso, no he visto gringos por la zona.I haven't seen any gringos in the area since the neighborhood became dangerous.
b. foreigner (from a non-Spanish-speaking country)
La policía se llevó a un par de gringos que estaban armando bronca en un bar.The police arrested a couple of foreigners who'd been causing trouble in a bar.
c. Yankee
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(from the USA)
La ciudad está llena de gringos que vienen de los Estados Unidos de vacaciones a nuestras playas.The town is full of Yankees who've come over here from the States for a beach vacation.
d. Yank
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(from the USA)
Esperamos que estos gringos paguen la cuenta con dólares.Let's hope those Yanks pay their bill in dollars.
e. North American
A los gringos que vienen aquí de Washington o Nueva York les encanta el ambiente latino.The North Americans who come here from Washington or New York just love the Latin atmosphere.
2. (person with light coloring) (Andes)
a. blond man (masculine)
Un gringo muy guapo de ojos azules me pidió direcciones.A very handsome blond man with blue eyes asked me for directions.
b. blonde woman (feminine)
Te apuesto a que esta gringa se tiñe el pelo.I bet that blonde woman dyes her hair.
c. blonde (feminine)
No sé por qué te gustan tanto las gringas. Yo prefiero las morenas.I don't know why you like blondes so much. I prefer brunettes myself.
d. fair-haired man (masculine)
¿Me puedes dar una mejor descripción del gringo que te robó el celular?Can you give me a better description of the fair-haired man who stole your cell?
e. fair-haired woman (feminine)
Es muy normal ver gringas en los países del norte de Europa.You often see fair-haired women in Northern European countries.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
3. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. gringa
Las gringas de esta taquería son las más deliciosas del DF.The gringas they make at this taqueria are the best in Mexico City.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(foreign)
a. gringo
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
Los turistas gringos disfrutan visitando las ruinas aztecas y los mercados tradicionales.Gringo tourists love visiting Aztec ruins and going to traditional markets.
b. Yankee
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(from the USA)
Varias empresas gringas están intentando negociar para poner una cadena de restaurantes en el país.Several Yankee companies are in negotiations to open a chain of restaurants in the country.
c. Yank
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(from the USA)
Claro que estos chicos son gringos. Mira la matrícula de Luisiana.Of course those guys are Yanks. Look at the Louisiana license plate.
d. North American (from the USA)
Nuestro jefe gringo se va de vacaciones un mes a Florida.Our North American manager is going to Florida on vacation for a month.
5. (with light coloring) (Andes)
a. fair-haired
Dicen que las modelos gringas ganan más que nosotras.They say that fair-haired models earm more than we do.
b. blond (masculine)
Mi amiga se vuelve loca cuando ve a un chico gringo y alto.My friend goes crazy when she sees a tall blond guy.
c. blonde (feminine)
En la película, un estudiante brasileño se enamora de su profesora de francés gringa y guapa.In the movie, a Brazilian student falls in love with his beautiful, blonde French teacher.
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gringo
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. gringo
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gringoa gringa (Latinoamérica)
adjective
1 (extranjero) foreign; (norteamericano) Yankee; North American
2 (rubio) blond(e); fair
3 [+idioma] foreign; unintelligible
1 (extranjero) foreigner; (norteamericano) Yankee; North American
2 (S. Cone) (italiano) Italian; wop (vulgar)
3 (rubio) blond(e); fair-haired person
(lenguaje ininteligible) gibberish
hablar en gringo to talk double Dutch (familiar)
The word gringo is a derogatory term used in Latin America to refer to white English-speakers, usually Americans, especially in the context of alleged economic, cultural and political interference in Latin America. One rather fanciful theory traces its origin to the Mexican-American War of 1846-48 and the song "Green Grow the Rushes-oh", supposedly sung by the American troops. According to another theory it is a corruption of griego or "Greek", in the sense of anything foreign and unintelligible, as in the English expression "it's all Greek to me".
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