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From Cantonese 鬼佬 (gweilo, foreign devil), from (ghost) + (a regular guy, a chap)


gweilo (plural gweilos)

  1. (ethnic slur) A Caucasian person, in China (generally a man); a ‘foreign devil’.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 179:
      She had ruffled the bed and laid a frilly nightdress on the floor because so far as the block was concerned Phoebe was the half-kwailo bastard who whored with the fat foreign devil.

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Some Caucasians living in Hong Kong now occasionally use the English gweilo to jokingly refer to themselves.

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Last modified on 20 June 2013, at 19:08