laowai

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the pinyin romanization of Mandarin Chinese 老外 (lit. "old outsider")

Noun[edit]

laowai (plural laowais or laowai)

  1. (colloquial, ethnic slur, possibly offensive) A expatriate living in mainland China or Taiwan, (chiefly) a Western one.

Usage notes[edit]

The Chinese term 老外 may be considered a low-level racial slur and may cause offense.

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