老外

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

EtymologyEdit

(lǎo, "always") + (wài, "foreign")

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin lǎowài
Zhuyin ㄌㄠˇ ㄨㄞˋ
IPA (key) /lɑʊ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ u̯aɪ̯⁵¹/

NounEdit

老外 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin lǎowài)

  1. (colloquial) foreigner
  2. (figuratively) a Chinese person who acts western or does not understand a specific topic related to Chinese culture

Usage notesEdit

Using the term to refer to foreigners is controversial and may be perceived as exclusionist. It is usually not dergoatory.

SynonymsEdit

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Last modified on 10 April 2014, at 00:13