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
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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.
by Skeptical Bright March 17, 2012
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what a waitess at a small, family owned, Mexican restaurant called me to the Spanish speaking regulers after being asked to turn the jukebox down.
That gringo just asked me to turn the music down.
by junction September 23, 2005
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a white american person. usually used by those of latin heritage or from latin countries.
anthony: is Elise a gringo marco?
marco: fuck yeah mein!
by sojurner April 05, 2004
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i was shooting up the Columbian Cartel in GTA 3 and then some guy threatened me, saying "you want the chainsaw, gringo?"
by guy from GTA 3 January 12, 2004
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