老外

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Chinese[edit]

 
old; aged; venerable
old; aged; venerable; outdated; experienced; (affectionate prefix)
 
outside; in addition; foreign
outside; in addition; foreign; external
simp. and trad.
(老外)
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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

老外

  1. (colloquial, sometimes humorous, possibly derogatory or offensive) foreigner, particularly a white Westerner (Classifier: m)
  2. (informal) layman; amateur (Classifier: m)
  3. (Cantonese) father-in-law (wife's father)

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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  • English: laowai

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