Definitions

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  • n. A business owner; boss (especially a Malaysian Chinese).
  • n. Term of address for such a person; sir.

Etymologies

From Malay tauke or Min Nan 頭家 (thâu-ke). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He used to be working for a chinese towkay and doing odd jobs around town.

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  • Our towkay also cry like mad, we all also feel very very sad.

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  • They are bewildered to find themselves dispossessed, as their land is taken away without as much as "by your leave" for commercial exploitation by the towkay friends of the powerful.

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  • There's a bulldozer beside the road but its battery is flat. so the towkay sets off down the road on foot, wading through the S, ea of mud.

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  • The effect of Pahang government selling its equity to towkay YTL will be to allow YTL aka Big Business and Big Capital sell at high prices while able to compete by cutting costs, advertisement and marketing.

    SARA - Southeast Asian RSS Aggregator

  • One towkay recently told a Malay official: "If it weren't for the Chinese, you Malays would be sitting on the floor without tables and chairs."

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  • Macamana kata kita menyiasat towkay cina dan mas, diri sendiri pun sekarang didakwa rasuah.

    ~penarik beca

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