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towkay

noun
  1. sir; master: used as a form of address

Word Origin

of Chinese origin
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Examples from the Web for towkay

Historical Examples

  • Except for a Chinese towkay, I was the only saloon passenger, as strangers rarely visit this country.

    Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines

    H. Wilfrid Walker

  • Your elder brother is very rich— Towkay punya abang baniak kaya.

    A Manual of the Malay language

    William Edward Maxwell