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Princeton's WordNet

  1. greaser, wetback, taconoun

    (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Mexican descent

GCIDE

  1. wetbacknoun

    A Mexican who enters the United States illegally, by wading across the Rio Grande; -- disparaging and offensive.

Wiktionary

  1. wetbacknoun

    A Mexican or Central American who illegally enters the United States of America from its southern border.

  2. wetbacknoun

    A person of the Mestizo race, used interchangeably with the Spanish term mojado.

  3. Etymology: First used in s from the presumed effects of swimming or wading across the. Used by the U.S. Government in 1954 with.

ChatGPT

  1. wetback

    "Wetback" is a derogatory term, considered offensive and controversial, used primarily in the United States to refer to immigrants, particularly Mexicans, who have entered the country illegally, originally across the Rio Grande river which separates Mexico and Texas. The term originated from the assumption that these individuals swam or waded across the river, hence their backs becoming wet. It's generally advised not to use this term due to its negative and racially insensitive connotations.

Wikidata

  1. Wetback

    Wetback is a derogatory term used in the United States for a non-American foreigner, commonly a Mexican citizen, especially one who is an illegal immigrant in the U.S. Generally used as an ethnic slur, the term was originally coined and applied only to Mexicans who entered the U.S. state of Texas from Mexico by crossing the Rio Grande, which forms the border between Texas and Mexico, presumably by swimming or wading across the river and getting wet in the process.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wetback in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wetback in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2


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