Racial Slang. Refers to any Hispanic
immigrant, particularly those of illegal
origin (the implication being that a wet
back results from crossing river borders
by swimming). Generally considered to be
a slur, offensive. Also "wetback".
Every summer, they hired a bunch of wet
backs to work the fields, and paid them
under the table.
by T.D. January 20, 2003

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To describe a person who is homosexual
Geez Walter is a Wetback
by Graser September 20, 2007

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A description for a young girl.This more specifically refers to a girl so young she just came out of the womb and has yet to be washed.

A baby girl upon birth.
Look at that cute little wet back over there. I don't even think that one is legal. I'd still hit it though.
by Derek T November 06, 2006

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Racial Slur refering to Mexicans. The term originates from Operation Wetback.
In 1949 the Border Patrol seized nearly 280,000 illegal immigrants. By 1953, the numbers had grown to more than 865,000, and the U.S. government felt pressured to do something about the onslaught of immigration. What resulted was Operation Wetback, devised in 1954 under the supervision of new commissioner of the Immigration and Nationalization Service, Gen. Joseph Swing.

Swing oversaw the Border patrol, and organized state and local officials along with the police. The object of his intense border enforcement were "illegal aliens," but common practice of Operation Wetback focused on Mexicans in general. The police swarmed through Mexican American barrios throughout the southeastern states. Some Mexicans, fearful of the potential violence of this militarization, fled back south across the border. In 1954, the agents discovered over 1 million illegal immigrants.

In some cases, illegal immigrants were deported along with their American-born children, who were by law U.S. citizens. The agents used a wide brush in their criteria for interrogating potential aliens. They adopted the practice of stopping "Mexican-looking" citizens on the street and asking for identification. This practice incited and angered many U.S. citizens who were of Mexican American descent. Opponents in both the United States and Mexico complained of "police-state" methods, and Operation Wetback was abandoned.
Has Sanchez's family crossed the border yet? Those goofy wetbacks!
by Alex M R August 26, 2005

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A derogatory term for a person of hispanic origin. So called in the U.S. because hispanic people wash at least once a day.
Look at that there wetback, it aint right for a man to wash everyday like he some fairy. Im going down to the border with my rifle to stop more of them mexicans coming into this beautiful land we stole from the mexicans all them years ago. I'm a wife beater.
by El Watusi June 28, 2006

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