Definition of wetback in English:

wetback

noun

US
informal, derogatory
  • A Mexican living in the US, especially without official authorization.

    • ‘Of course, cops didn't bother coming this far into the wilderness, unless they had a tip about drug dealers or wetbacks; mostly they left Stallion's Gate alone.’
    • ‘In countries such as Spain, governments have turned a blind eye to illegals for decades because they know the farmers need cheap wetback workers (who have no rights) to work in the fields.’
    • ‘I think he's a goddamn wetback, so you may want to notify the Immigration Service.’
    • ‘The illegal immigrants are known colloquially as mojados or wetbacks, illegals, and pollos - Spanish for ‘chickens,’ the prey of coyotes.’
    • ‘At times the book is overly laden with abstractions, but having squatted in refugee camps and watched Los Federales hunt down wetbacks, I felt it to be well anchored.’
    • ‘At least in the north a few wetbacks are always to be found.’
    • ‘Off and on for several years we employed a wetback, an illegal alien, who worked around the house and yard.’
    • ‘At the first gig they played in Nashville, the crowd bayed: ‘Get those wetbacks off.’’
    • ‘If so, the major Latin-American directors are not gilded wetbacks, fleeing home in search of the Yankee dollar.’
    • ‘Oh look at this wonderful American marrying this poor wetback just so she can stay in the country.’

Origin

1920s: so named from the practice of swimming the Rio Grande to reach the US.

Pronunciation

wetback

/ˈwetˌbak/