kiasi

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Min Nan (驚死, 惊死 POJ: kiaⁿ-sí); literally: "afraid to die".

Noun[edit]

kiasi

  1. (Singapore, colloquial, derogatory) A coward.
    Why are you so kiasi? You won't die from getting a small cut on the finger.
    If everyone dares to bungee jump, why can't you do the same? Are you kiasi or what?!

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