Origin: Hokkien/Teochew – The direct translation is “Cat” but is mostly used to describe a scrooge.

Ngeow is used to described a person that is stingy and behaves like a scrooge. A person of such personality can also be picky over trivial things and find fault with others.


 “This auntie of mine is sibei ngeow, she only gave me a $2 ang bao for my birthday party.

Also used as a vulgar phrase:

“I seriously don’t know how to satisfy my supervisor, he always comment this and that on my work. How the hell am I going to tolerate this “ngeow chee ngeow lan” person.

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