wetback

noun
wet·​back | \ ˈwet-ˌbak How to pronounce wetback (audio) \

Definition of wetback

offensive
used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a Mexican who enters the U.S. illegally

First Known Use of wetback

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wetback

from the practice of wading or swimming the Rio Grande where it forms the U.S.-Mexico border

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The first known use of wetback was in 1920

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“Wetback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wetback. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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wetback

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English Language Learners Definition of wetback

US, offensive : a Mexican who enters the U.S. illegally

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