Definitions

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  • proper n. Chinese dialect spoken in the greater Toi San area of Guangdong Province, China; a dialect of Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
  • n. A person who speaks the dialect of Toisanese
  • n. A person from the area; or descended from people of the area of greater Toi San in Guangdong Province, China
  • adj. pertaining to the area of greater Toi San of Guangdong Province, China; its people; their descendants; the main dialect of the region

Etymologies

Toi San +‎ -ese. From the Guandonghua Cantonese pronouncation from Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou for 台山 (Toi San/Toi-San/Toi-san/Toisan) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the Toisanese women burst out, “Eight months!”

    American Chinatown

  • The labor patterns, then, have changed because the skills required on the job have changed, and the Toisanese are no longer last on the worker totem pole.

    American Chinatown

  • Since so many new immigrants now come from other regions of China, I was surprised to find an almost exclusively Toisanese employee pool.

    American Chinatown

  • “New York has a lot of Toisanese people,” he said in response.

    American Chinatown

  • When we met, he asked, in Toisanese dialect, where my family was from.

    American Chinatown

  • Because in my native tongue, Toisanese, it was very different.

    American Chinatown

  • A little over half of the students in the class were middle-aged men and women who chatted in Toisanese.

    American Chinatown

  • In the factory where my paw-paw worked, all of the seamstresses were women; almost everyone was from Guangdong, and almost everyone spoke Cantonese or Toisanese.

    American Chinatown

  • An immigrant himself in the post-1965 wave, Choi grew up in Chinatown and also speaks Toisanese and Mandarin.

    American Chinatown

  • In "The Eighth Promise: An American Son's Tribute to His Toisanese Mother," William Poy Lee lends his family's coming-to-America story a fresh twist by structuring the book in an unusual way.

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