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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Swahili mzungu.

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NounEdit

mzungu (plural mzungus or wazungu)

  1. (East Africa) A white person. [from 19th c.]
    • 1888, Joseph Thomson, E. Harris-Smith, Ulu: an African romance: Volume 1
      I have given my daughter to an mzungu, and he says he will make her like the wives of the white men.
    • 2004, Dan McNickle, Teaching and Hunting in East Africa
      suspicion about an mzungu wanting a copy of the country's constitution

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ChichewaEdit

EtymologyEdit

An early borrowing from another African language, probably Swahili mzungu.

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NounEdit

mzungu class 1 (plural azungu class 2)

  1. white person

SwahiliEdit

EtymologyEdit

Proto-Bantu *jungu, *-dungu. Cognate with Bemba musungu, Kikuyu muthungu, Rwanda-Rundi umuzungu, Luganda Omuzungu, Shona murungu, Venda mulungu, Zulu lungu.

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NounEdit

mzungu (m-wa class, plural wazungu)

  1. European, white person
    Synonym: mweupe
  2. (sometimes derogatory) rich person (who is not white)