Complete Definition of "gweilo"

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English

Alternative spellings
gwailo

Etymology
From Cantonese 鬼佬 ("foreign devil", literally "ghost man").

Noun
en-noun

  1. derogatory w:Caucasian race|Caucasian people (generally men)

Usage notes
For the usage in Cantonese, see the usage notes at 鬼佬.

Some Caucasians living in w:Hong Kong|Hong Kong now occasionally use the English gweilo to jokingly refer to themselves. This reflects a transformation in which an ethnic group begins referring to itself with a term which was originally considered an w:ethnic slur|ethnic slur.

In the Hong Kong cinema industry, gweilo is often used to describe Caucasian actors playing in Asian movies.

External links
Cartoon by Larry Feign

Category:Ethnic slurs

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