tàu

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese, from

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tàu

  1. boat, ship, vessel, craft

Adjective[edit]

tàu

  1. (often derogatory) Chinese

Usage notes[edit]

  • Literally meaning "boat," this term can also be used as an adjective, placed after a noun to signify something Chinese, such as India ink (mực tàu), jujube (táo tàu), or Chinatown (phố tàu). This usage is derived from the fact that many Chinese refugees came to Vietnam in boats during the Qing Dynasty. In this usage, it is often considered derogatory.
  • One should be particularly careful with the term người Tàu, a pejorative term for 'Chinese people'.