老外

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Etymology[edit]

From Chinese (lǎo, "old, always") + (wài, "outlander, foreign")

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

老外

  1. (colloquial, poss. pejorative or offensive) A foreigner.
  2. (figuratively) A "banana", a person of Chinese ethnicity or nationality who acts western or does not understand some aspect of Chinese culture.

Usage notes[edit]

The term is othering and controversial, as it may be perceived as racist. It is, however, not necessarily derogatory.

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