See also: 老板



old (of people); aged; venerable (person); outdated; experienced; (a prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or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)
trad. (老闆/老板) /
simp. (老板)




  1. shop owner; business proprietor
  2. boss; chief
    老闆拖欠工資 [MSC, trad.]
    老板拖欠工资 [MSC, simp.]
    Lǎobǎn tuōqiàn wǒ de gōngzī. [Pinyin]
    My boss is behind on paying my wages.


Dialectal synonyms of 老闆 (“boss; proprietor”)
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 老闆
Mandarin Beijing 老闆
Taiwan 老闆頭家
Cantonese Guangzhou 事頭老細老闆
Hong Kong 事頭老細老闆波士
Taishan 事頭老細老闆
Gan Nanchang 老闆
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 頭家
Liudui (S. Sixian) 頭家
Hsinchu (Hailu) 頭家
Dongshi (Dabu) 頭家
Zhuolan (Raoping) 頭家
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 頭家
Jin Taiyuan 老闆掌櫃掌櫃的
Min Dong Fuzhou 老闆
Min Nan Xiamen 頭家
Quanzhou 頭家
Zhangzhou 頭家
Taipei 老闆頭家
Kaohsiung 頭家
Tainan 老闆頭家
Taichung 頭家
Yilan 老闆頭家
Lukang 頭家
Sanxia 頭家
Kinmen 頭家
Magong 頭家
Hsinchu 頭家
Wu Shanghai 老闆
Xiang Changsha 老闆

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