The word "gringo" may have come from the Mexicans hearing the Anglo invaders into Texas singing "Green Grow the Rushes, Oh" around their campfires ad nauseum. Whether the word is derogatory or not seems to depend on how close you are to or how far north you are of the Mexican-American border. "Gringo" is not as neutral in El Paso, Tijuana or East L.A. as it is further south of the border.
"pinche gringo"
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when a light is red and you want it to turn green.
Man, I got to take a piss and the light's red... grin-go!
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Spanish literally - foreigner
Often used by hispanics when refering to white (esp. American) people
It is generally derogatory, but can be used in reference context
"los gringos saben ingles" (the Americans speak english)
"Fuck you gringo" (fuck you whitey)
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If you travel around South America for any length of time, you'll come to realise that the word "gringo" there is generally synonymous with "foreigner", regardless of race or skin color.

For example an Argentinian is a gringo in Brasil, a Colombian is a gringo in Chile etc. It's used in both Spanish and Portuguese. Technically then, Latinos are the "gringos" in the US...

Most dictionaries say that it originally comes for the Spanish word for greek, which is "griego". This in turn dates back to a Medieval Latin phrase "Graecum est; non potest legi" (It is Greek; it cannot be read). A Spanish version of this is "hablar en griego", to speak Greek and therefore be unintelligible.
Não, meu! O cara é gringo, de Argentina. Você não ouviu o sotaque dele?
by vitamin jay October 02, 2006

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It means white American or person of British decent. Specifically for Americans because hispanics that live in South and Central America consider themselves americano, but by US standards they are not American. African Americans, Asians are not gringos.
The DEA gringos are invading Mexico.
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A derogatory term used to refer to white people. You'll never hear a Mexican say it unless they are upset with a white person. The Mexicans who use it are born in Mexico living here in the United States.
Jose: You see that pinche gringo?
Javier: Si guey.
Jose: Fucking stupid ass gringo.
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The best word in Spanish for an "American" is:

ESTADOUNIDESE

it refers to the country, not the continent.
Soy Estadounidense. Si soy gringo.

Estoy de Colorado, de donde esta usted?
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