When I was 12 years old I traveled to Mexico. Our guide said Gringo came from a misunderstanding. The Spanish/Mexicans asked who the Americans who they were and the Americans thought they asked where they were from. They told them Green Groves...which became Gringos. My parents figured it was just a story so we would not take offense if/when we were called Gringos.

As for those who say it is because America is a continent and not a country, The full name of the United States is The United States of America. Which is why we are called Americans. The full name of Mexico is the Estados Unidos Mexicanos which is why the people are called Mexicans! The continent is not America it is North America and South America. All those who live north of Columbia are North Americans. All those who live south of Panama are South Americans. But the United States of America is the only country on either continent that has America as part of it's name.

As far invading Mexico and taking it's land... Gringos were invited to move into Texas. They were living there as loyal Mexican citizens. But after Santa Ana declared himself a dictator several Mexican states including Texas revolted. Texas was the only one to win Independence. Then 10 years or so later after Texas joined the USA . Mexico wanted Texas back so declared war on the United States. Mexico lost and in the tradition of the day, the U.S.A. took more land as spoils of war.
Gringo / American
by djohio October 12, 2010
A white person that is rich.
That gringo stole my land.
I won't leave my seat,the gringo might take it and call it manifest destiny.
Gringo is one step below transvestite.
by NS10000 November 25, 2006
Informal term used in Latin and Central America to a person mainly from the US, but often from European and First World countries (one won't call an Ethiopian a gringo). Usually derogatory, relating to a clumsy and/or unadapted character. A gringo is primariliy identified by his/her behavior, showing obvious traits of a non-native person, such as: difficulty to understand and speak the local idiom; extravagant, distinctive clothing; strong willingness to learn and engage in local customs; slightly different facial expressions and posture (culturally learned).
"Man, I'm cracking up here! Check that gringo trying to dance samba!!"

"What about visiting the Presidential Memorial?" "Nah, only gringos go there..."

"Tell you what: let's speak English tonight and tell the girls that we are gringos full o' cash!"

"You're really American?? You don't look/sound so gringo..."
by Douglas Souza July 27, 2006
some douche whom given the chance to vote and elect their leader, chooses and insists on a mental retard (W) and then goes "i'm better than you, can i borrow a 20..."
hey, look, a dumb gringo, where's the camera?
by kreoth July 10, 2008
Gringo means white boy in Mexican/Spanish
Random Kid: Arent Cole, Tyler & Zack Gringo'z 4 lyfe?
Cole: Damn straight b.
by Lil Casp3r April 26, 2007
a word that mexicans created in order to counter being called wetback. they consider it a derogatory term for a white(non-latino) person even though white people don't think it is offensive in the slightest. in fact white people are usually amused when this word is used and will laugh at anyone who uses it.
White person #1: What did the guy mowing your lawn call you?
White person #2:i think he called me a gringo
both: hahaha what a stupid wetback

Mexican: hey meng, you gringos want some weed?
Whitey: no, you probably laced it with something
Mexican: Hehehe you read my mind senor.
by the handsom american June 02, 2010
Actually,the word come from a popular song that the American soldiers sang during the Mexican-American War. The songs title was, "Green Grows the Liliacs". To older Mexicans, and Mexican-Americans the word IS intended as an insult.

Today, it is a word overused and has lost its original meaning.
The Mexican heard "green goes the lilacs" and the word gringo came into being.
by Jesus Torres November 27, 2006

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