Definition: gringo/a

A gringo or gringa (male/female variants) is a backpacker, tourist or traveller most commonly identified by Merrell shoes, unkempt hair, unwashed clothes, loud voice and bad dancing. Gringos/gringas can be seen sporting colourful cardigans with repeated alpaca patterns to slob around in whilst watching movies in their hostels.

Other uses: gringoland (tourist hub, very little cultural authenticity here, unless you’re talking homogenised culture); the gringo trail (the safe path that travellers follow through Latin America where they will inevitably bump into the same gringos/gringas time and time again).

noun \ˈgriŋ-(ˌ)gō\


often disparaging: a foreigner in Spain or Latin America especially when
of English or American origin; broadlynon-Hispanic person


Filed under culture, language, south america, spanish

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