Meaning of gweilo in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡweɪləʊ/

nounplural noun gweilos

South East Asian
  • A foreigner, especially a westerner.

    ‘The fact that he was just a little guy - 147 lb, 5ft 7in - and could take on the biggest gweilo [Cantonese slang for foreigner] and knock the hell out of him.’
    • ‘In 1992, he sparked a heated argument by calling a fellow member a " gweilo’.’
    • ‘But even savvy gweilos will be frustrated by this mess.’
    • ‘No matter what a gweilo does, he can never be fully accepted by the local people.’
    • ‘The majority of the customers are gweilos (Brits, Australians, Americans, Canadians, Europeans) and Japanese, and the shops tend to have different ranges for the two groups - my comments are mainly about "gweilo food".’
    alien, foreign national, non-native, immigrant, settler, newcomer, stranger, outsider


Cantonese, literally ‘ghost man’.