Definitions

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  • noun in some African countries A white person.

Etymologies

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Swahili

Examples

  • The next morning I saw no signs the mice had come through the net ... but it was not the most restful night and now of course everyone was laughing even harder b/c the mzungu is afraid of spiders and mice (which I'm not, unless I think they are crawling on me when I sleep).

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • The next morning I saw no signs the mice had come through the net ... but it was not the most restful night and now of course everyone was laughing even harder b/c the mzungu is afraid of spiders and mice (which I'm not, unless I think they are crawling on me when I sleep).

    Back from the field

  • Fight with the conductor over the real price and 'mzungu' (white) price and find my happy place.

    Blah!

  • Fight with the conductor over the real price and 'mzungu' (white) price and find my happy place.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • It may be the mountains inland from Tanga where the weather is cool and you can get "mzungu" vegetables like broccoli and zucchini.

    Safi Sana, Shwali kabisa

  • It may be the mountains inland from Tanga where the weather is cool and you can get "mzungu" vegetables like broccoli and zucchini.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • He is thirty something, with two wives and a baby and has been bending over backwards to ensure that the locals don't make me pay halacious prices for things just because I am the prized "mzungu" or foreigner in town.

    First week at Makondeko

  • He is thirty something, with two wives and a baby and has been bending over backwards to ensure that the locals don't make me pay halacious prices for things just because I am the prized "mzungu" or foreigner in town.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • I recently heard a little story for the origin of the Kiswahili word "mzungu," which means European, but is really used for anyone who is not Tanzanian and is frequently shouted to us as we walk past little children in the streets.

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • I recently heard a little story for the origin of the Kiswahili word "mzungu," which means European, but is really used for anyone who is not Tanzanian and is frequently shouted to us as we walk past little children in the streets.

    More News from the South

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