lightbulb

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See also: light-bulb and light bulb

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

lightbulb ‎(plural lightbulbs)

  1. Alternative spelling of light bulb

Etymology 2[edit]

Compound noun formed from English elements – ‘light’ and ‘bulb’. Derived from the literal colloquial Cantonese translation of: 电灯泡 (diàn dēng pào) where 电灯 (diàn dēng) electrical light and 泡 (pào) bulb.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lightbulb ‎(plural lightbulbs)

  1. (Singapore, colloquial) gooseberry (a person who is not invited on a couple's date and who prevents or hinders romantic interactions)
    • 2011, Heidy The Traveler, "[1]", Learn Singlish a Bit!, 23 October 2011:
      You two go ahead lah, I don't want to be lightbulb.
    • 2014, Chris Soh, "[2]", 20 Words That Mean Something Completely Different to Singaporeans, 3 August 2014:
      When she finally came out her friend joined us. Damn lightbulb leh!
    • 2014, carolcraves, "[3]", Twitter, 31 January 2014:
      Being an extra big light bulb and eating with two cousins and their husband and fiance.