kiasu

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Etymology[edit]

From Hokkien ( POJ: kiaⁿ-su, kiaⁿ-si); literally: "afraid to lose"

Adjective[edit]

kiasu

  1. (Singapore) Afraid to lose out.

Noun[edit]

kiasu

  1. (Singapore) A fear of losing, characteristic of a person who is overly competitive.

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