Saw this word on a Jodel. I googled it and it said that it means American. Is this like a word Germans use to call Americans? Is it in any way impolite?
it's a slightly degrading/mocking word for americans, but I think it can also be neutral. maybe like "gringo" in spanish.
This is my consistent with my experience. My wife and I were "greeted" by a handful of German locals upon coming out of a beer hall in Munich. They made the connection between us being Amis and how that reminded them of Ants (Ameisen). I don't think they meant disrespect, but only they know for sure.