The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 老外

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老外 〈lǎo wài〉 {{wikipedia}} {{zh-forms}} etymology From Chinese (lǎo, "old, always") + (wài, "outlander, foreign") pronunciation {{zh-pron }}
noun: {{zh-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, poss. pejorative or offensive) A foreigner.
  2. (figuratively) A "banana", a person of Chinese ethnicity or nationality who act western or do not understand some aspect of Chinese culture.
The term is othering and controversial, as it may be perceived as racist. It is, however, not necessarily derogatory. Synonyms: (polite) 外國人/外国人, 外賓/外宾, 外國朋友/外国朋友, (pejorative) 鬼子, 洋鬼子, (pejorative, chiefly Cantonese) 鬼佬, (pejorative, chiefly Hakka) 紅毛/红毛, 紅毛人/红毛人, 紅毛猴/红毛猴, 紅毛鬼子/红毛鬼子

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