Singaporean Mandarin Database

This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.

at least
打底
dǎ dĭ
busybody (colloquially known as kaypoh)
鸡婆
jī pó
cheers (as a toast, colloquially known as yumseng)
饮胜
yǐn shèng
downtown
坡底
pō dǐ
foreman
头手
tóu shǒu
go downtown
下坡
xià pō
having a fist fight
铁公鸡
tiě gōng jī
lies
骗话
piàn huà
one-off
一次过
yῑ cì guò
quota
固打
gù dǎ
takeaway
打包
dă bāo
tips
贴士
tiē shì
To date somebody (colloquially known as paktor)
拍拖
pāi tuō
work
做工
zuò gōng