Foreigner tourist (normally blond, with white skin and light eyes) who doesn’t speak much Spanish.
We’d never call guiri to a Turkish, Chinese or Kenyan person.
Some people think Spaniards use this word contemptuously, but most of us do it kindly -you’ll know it by the context and intonation.
The origin of this word isn’t clear but some think it may come from the word guiri-gay, which means «incomprehensive language».
- Había muchos guiris en Málaga.
- A los guiris les encanta el sol y la playa.