Definition of feringhee in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəˈrɪŋɡi/
(also feringhi)


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.


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

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