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Fu Manchu Syllabification: Fu Man·chu
Pronunciation: /ˌfo͞o ˌmanˈCHo͞o/
(in full Fu Manchu mustache)

Definition of Fu Manchu in English:


Image of Fu Manchu
A long narrow mustache in which the ends taper and droop down to the chin.
Example sentences
  • His eyes are smeared over with dark makeup, his face is pale white, with a Fu Manchu and his smile is evil and menacing.
  • Morrison's wispy attempt at a Fu Manchu might be the most noticeable bit of facial hair in sports right now.
  • When I first saw a still from the film, with Stiller sporting a power mullet and a Fu Manchu, it was enough to bring a smile to my face.


Mid 20th century: the kind of mustache worn by Fu Manchu, a master criminal in the novels of British writer Sax Rohmer (1883–1959).

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