mafoo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Mandarin 馬伕 ‎(mǎfū), from ‎(, horse) + ‎(, servant, labourer).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mafoo ‎(plural mafoos)

  1. In China, someone who looks after horses in a stable; a groom. [from 19th c.]
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 144:
      The mafoos held their charges miserably, as if sick with nerves.