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鬼佬

ChineseEdit

ghost; sly; crafty male; man (Cantonese)
simp. and trad.
(鬼佬)

EtymologyEdit

From Cantonese (gwai2, "ghost") + (lou2, "guy, fucker"), from the supposed resemblance of Portuguese and other European skin tones to ghosts.

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NounEdit

鬼佬

  1. (chiefly Cantonese, colloquial, pejorative, usually offensive) Gweilo, "foreign devil"; (chiefly) "whitey", a European, a Caucasian.

Usage notesEdit

A derogatory term for white people, particularly men, mainly in speech. Prior to the 1980s, the term was commonly prefixed in Cantonese by (sei2, "death, damnation"), with the meaning "damned ghost fucker, damned foreign devil".

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