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|ghost; sly; crafty||man; guy|
|simp. and trad.
Originally Cantonese. From the supposed resemblance of Portuguese and other European skin tones to ghosts.
- (chiefly Cantonese, Min Dong, colloquial, derogatory, usually offensive, ethnic slur) gweilo; "foreign devil" (particularly a European); Caucasian; whitey
- A derogatory term for white people, particularly men, mainly in speech. Prior to the 1980s, the term was commonly prefixed in Cantonese by 死 (sei2, “damned”), with the meaning "damned ghost fucker, damned foreign devil".
- Not commonly used among Mandarin speakers.