ang moh

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Etymology[edit]

From Min Nan 紅毛红毛 (âng-mô͘, “red hair”).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Singapore) IPA(key): /ˈɑŋ ˈmoʊ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌaŋ ˈməʊ/

Noun[edit]

ang moh ‎(plural ang mohs or ang moh)

  1. (Singapore, Malaysia, informal, derogatory) A white person, especially perceived as a foreigner rather than a local inhabitant. [from 19th c.]
    • 2011, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Joss and Gold, p. 254:
      Suyin recognized him immediately—the tall, uncomfortable-looking white man, the ang moh standing guard by the only unoccupied table in the cafe.
    • 2015, Straits Times, 1 August:
      "With my kind of career and background, I have the best of both worlds. You can't tell me I'm that ang moh (Caucasian) who doesn't understand."