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 — noun Etymology: from the practice of wading or swimming the Rio Grande where it forms the U.S. Mexico border Date: 1929 usually offensive a Mexican who enters the United States illegally …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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