wetback

noun
wet·​back | \ˈwet-ˌbak \

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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