Indonesian

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Etymology

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From Hokkien 新客 (sin-kheh, literally new guest), a term used to refer to relatively new Chinese arrivals in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia (as opposed to Peranakan) around the 1800s to 1900s, as compound of (sin, new; recently) +‎ (kheh, guest). Compare Malay sengkek, Tagalog singki.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /siŋˈkək/, [siŋˈkəʔ]
  • IPA(key): [ˈsɪŋ.kɛk]
  • Hyphenation: sing‧kék

Noun

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singkék

  1. (ethnic slur, offensive) Chinese pure blood (as opposed to a Peranakan)
    Synonym: totok
  2. (ethnic slur, offensive) Chinaman, Chink (person of Chinese descent)

Usage notes

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Considered a stronger ethnic slur than Cina.

Alternative forms

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Hypernyms

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Adjective

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singkék

  1. (colloquial) stingy
    dasar singkek
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)

Further reading

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Malay

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Hokkien 新客 (sin-kheeh / sin-kheh, newcomer, literally new guest), a term used to refer to relatively new Chinese arrivals in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (as opposed to Peranakan) around the 1800s to 1900s, as compound of (sin, new; recently) +‎ (kheh, guest). Compare Indonesian singkek, Tagalog singki.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /siŋˈkək/, [siŋˈkəʔ]
  • Hyphenation: sing‧kek

Noun

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singkek

  1. Alternative form of sengkek

Hypernyms

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Further reading

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  • Wilkinson, Richard James (1932) A Malay-English dictionary (Romanised)[1], volume 2, Mytilene (Greece): Salavopoulos and Kinderlis Art - Printers, pages 477-478

Minangkabau

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Etymology

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Cognate with Indonesian singkat (short; brief; concise).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪŋ.kɛk/
  • Hyphenation: sing‧kek

Adjective

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singkek

  1. concise
  2. short