光棍

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Chinese[edit]

light; ray; bright stick
simp. and trad.
(光棍)
Literally: “bare stick”.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

光棍

  1. gangster; hoodlum; thug; ruffian
  2. single man; bachelor
    光棍  ―  guānggùn  ―  to remain a bachelor
  3. (dialectal Mandarin) hero; brave man; great man
  4. (dialectal Mandarin) hardened gambler
  5. (dialectal Mandarin, Min Nan) homeless man; person who has nothing
  6. (Mandarin, Wu) smart person; astute person; smart cookie
  7. (Min Dong) conman; swindler; human or goods trafficker

Adjective[edit]

光棍

  1. (dialectal Mandarin) astute; quick; shrewd
  2. (dialectal Mandarin) staunch; upright
  3. (dialectal Mandarin) pretentious; ostentatious; flaunty
  4. (dialectal Mandarin) narrow-minded; disagreeable; violent-tempered

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