mzungu

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Borrowed from Swahili mzungu.

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mzungu (plural mzungus or wazungu)

  1. (East Africa) A white person. [from 19th c.]
    • 1888, Joseph Thomson, E. Harris-Smith, Ulu: an African romance: Volume 1
      I have given my daughter to an mzungu, and he says he will make her like the wives of the white men.
    • 2004, Dan McNickle, Teaching and Hunting in East Africa:
      suspicion about an mzungu wanting a copy of the country's constitution

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Chichewa[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An early borrowing from another African language, ultimately from Common Bantu *mʊ̀díʊ́ngʊ̀.

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mzungu 1 (plural azungu 2)

  1. white person

Swahili[edit]

Swahili Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Common Bantu *mʊ̀díʊ́ngʊ̀.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mˈzu.ᵑɡu/
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Noun[edit]

mzungu (m-wa class, plural wazungu)

  1. European, white person
    Synonym: mweupe
  2. (sometimes derogatory) rich person (who is not white)