nounSouth East Asian
A type of backless sandal with a thick wooden sole and a strap of rattan, plastic, or some other material, traditionally worn in rural areas in the Philippines, and sometimes having an ornately carved or painted heel.
adjectiveinformal, derogatory South East Asian
Lacking in refinement or sophistication; rural, rustic; lowbrow.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Annual Reports Director Forestry Philippine Islands 1915. From Tagalog bakyâ from Chinese (Hokkien) ba̍k-kia̍h from ba̍k wood (corresponding to Mandarin mù) + kia̍h shoes (corresponding to Mandarin jī).