洋鬼子

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

  • From  ("ocean, the West") + 鬼子 ("devil").

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

洋鬼子

  1. (slang, pejorative) “western devil”, “foreign devil” (term of abuse for Westerners)

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
よう
Grade: 3

Grade: S

Grade: 1
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Sinitic 洋鬼子 (western devil; foreign devil). Given the history of the term, probably from written Chinese 洋鬼子.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

洋鬼子 (hiragana ようきし, romaji yōkishi)

  1. (dated, pejorative) Literally, “western devil”: term used in China to refer disparagingly to westerners.