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Pinoy

or pi·noy

[ pin-oi ]
/ ˈpɪn ɔɪ /
Informal.
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adjective
of or relating to inhabitants of the Philippines or to people of Philippine origin or descent; Filipino.
noun
Sometimes Offensive. a Filipino.
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Origin of Pinoy

First recorded in 1920–25; from Tagalog, equivalent to (Fili)pino + -y, diminutive suffix

usage note for Pinoy

Use as a noun in reference to a person (e.g., “a Pinoy”) is sometimes considered offensive.
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