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mzungu Line breaks: mzungu
Pronunciation: /(ə)mˈzʊnɡʊ/

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Definition of mzungu in English:


(In East Africa) a white person: there was a mzungu just off the Nyeri Road who was a teacher
More example sentences
  • During the cutbacks there was resentment towards the mzungus, or whites.
  • They then pat each other on the back for coming up with such a clever thing to say to a mzungu.
  • Speaking French has contradictory connotations, depending on the context: It is a sign of education in administrative circles but is offensive at the village level, where ‘acting like a mzungu’ is considered a sign of a bad attitude.


Swahili, from m- class prefix + -zungu 'European'.

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