towkay

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Malay tauke or Min Nan 頭家 (thâu-ke).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

towkay (plural towkays)

  1. (Malaysian) A business owner; boss (especially a Malaysian Chinese).
  2. (Malaysian) Term of address for such a person; sir.

TranslationsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  • The Oxford English Dictionary just attributes a Malay origin, but the Collins English Dictionary (2009) states it's of Chinese origin.
  • Lee Eng Kew (李永球), 2004, “誰是“頭家”?” (Who are the towkays), Sin Chew Daily.
Last modified on 3 March 2014, at 21:21