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See also: chinee and chinée



Back-formation from Chinese.


Chinee ‎(plural Chinees)

  1. (dated, offensive, Chinese Pidgin English) A person from China

Usage notes[edit]

  • Now considered merely an illiterate alternative to Chinese, this was a pejorative term in the United States in the 19th century.
  • Appeared in Robert A. Heinlein's science-fiction novel The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (1966). The heavily multi-ethnic Moon/Luna settlers ("Loonies") made frequent use of it, apparently as a simple corruption of "Chinese" since no derogatory intent was clear. Transition from pejorative to neutral vernacular is also possible.

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