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老外

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(a prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity); old (of people); venerable (person)
 
outside; in addition; foreign; external
simp. and trad.
(老外)

EtymologyEdit

From Chinese (lǎo, "old, always") + (wài, "outlander, foreign")

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

老外

  1. (colloquial, poss. pejorative or offensive) A foreigner.
  2. (figuratively) A "banana", a person of Chinese ethnicity or nationality who acts western or does not understand some aspect of Chinese culture.

Usage notesEdit

The term is othering and controversial, as it may be perceived as racist. It is, however, not necessarily derogatory.

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