One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1derogatory (in India and other parts of Asia) a foreigner, especially one with white skin.
- ‘The casualties on the winning side were four white and eight black soldiers killed, 14 feringhee and 36 native soldiers wounded!’
- ‘Europeans, too, are very little known here, and I heard the children continually calling out to us, as we passed through the villages, 'Feringhee'.’
2archaic A person of Indian–Portuguese parentage.
Via Urdu from Persian firangī, from the base of Frank.
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