wetback
wetback wet"back n. 1. A Mexican who enters the United States illegally, by wading across the Rio Grande; -- disparaging and offensive. [PJC]

2. Hence: An offensive term for a person of Mexican descent, usually intended and considered as an ethnic slur. [WordNet sense 1]

Syn: greaser, taco. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • wetback — UK [ˈwetˌbæk] / US noun [countable] Word forms wetback : singular wetback plural wetbacks American offensive an offensive word for someone from Mexico who goes to live in the US …   English dictionary

  • wetback — [[t]we̱tbæk[/t]] wetbacks N COUNT Wetback is sometimes used to refer to a Mexican or a Mexican American who has entered the United States illegally in order to work or live there. [AM, INFORMAL, OFFENSIVE] …   English dictionary

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