Share this entry

feringhee Line breaks: fer|in¦ghee
Pronunciation: /fəˈrɪŋɡi/
(also feringhi)

Definition of feringhee in English:

noun

1chiefly derogatory (In India and other parts of Asia) a foreigner, especially one with white skin.
Example sentences
  • Europeans, too, are very little known here, and I heard the children continually calling out to us, as we passed through the villages, 'Feringhee'.
  • The casualties on the winning side were four white and eight black soldiers killed, 14 feringhee and 36 native soldiers wounded!
2 archaic A person of Indian-Portuguese parentage.

Origin

Via Urdu from Persian firangī, from the base of Frank.

Definition of feringhee in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources