鬼佬

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Chinese[edit]

ghost; sly; crafty male; man (Cantonese)
simp. and trad.
(鬼佬)

Etymology[edit]

From Cantonese ‎(gwai2, ghost) + ‎(lou2, guy, fellow, bloke, fucker), from the supposed resemblance of Portuguese and other European skin tones to ghosts.

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鬼佬

  1. (chiefly Cantonese, colloquial, pejorative, usually offensive) Gweilo, "foreign devil"; (chiefly) "whitey", a European, a Caucasian.

Usage notes[edit]

A derogatory term for white people, particularly men, mainly in speech. Prior to the 1980s, the term was commonly prefixed in Cantonese by ‎(sei2, death; damned), with the meaning "damned ghost fucker, damned foreign devil".

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