Origin: Hokkien – Hokkien for feeling embarrassed, shy or having a sense of shame.

Paiseh is a commonly used hokkien word to describe one’s embarrassment in a situation.


Example 1 – Ah Lian: “Just now got one cute and handsome Ang Moh stealing glances at me…aiyo I am so paiseh about it..

Example 2 – Ang Moh goes Ah Lian’s house for dinner and Ah Lian’s mother says:

Eh Mr Handsome Ang Moh, please treat this as your home and eat full full ah, no need feel paiseh one lah hor..

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