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娘 is clearly niang2, but 炮 is a multiple pronunciation character; it can be bao1 or pao2 or pao4 according to the dictionaries I consulted. I tried searching Baidu for "娘炮拼音" but didn't find anything. Thanks for any help!

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I don't know pronunciations other than pào. Can you show the dictionaries (screenshots, for example) that you have consulted? – ziyuang Sep 1 '13 at 15:34
This was in Pleco. I'm using the free version. A quick Baidu produced this: – aelephant Sep 2 '13 at 0:00

Oh, get you a Taiwanese news (at 0:18 by the anchor, 0:58 by a student and 1:24, 1:56 by himself) about that, where it's pronounced as "niáng pào". I can tell that we use this word in mainland China too, here is the proof.

It refers to a sissy (a boy that other boys dislike because he prefers doing things that girls enjoy).

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This was the translation for "pussy" on an episode of Walking Dead. – aelephant Sep 2 '13 at 0:06
@aelephant In that case, it may not be the right translation. Pussy can refer to cowardice; 娘炮 is more like feminine behaviors. – NS.X. Sep 17 '13 at 19:08

The answer is pao4 (the most common pronunciation)

如法炮製、炮烙 are pao2
炮羊肉 is bao1

  • When pronouced pào, it usually means artillery.

    鞭炮: firecracker

    炮兵、炮手: artilleryman

  • páo means burn or roast

    如法炮製 is an idiom, means follow suit.

    炮烙 is a ancient torture (stamp on someone's body with burning iron)

  • And bāo means stir-fry or drying

    炮羊肉: stir-fry lamb

    炮乾: drying

    but in fact, bāo is not in common use.

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It's "niang2 pao4" The pronunciation "bao1" or "pao2" of "炮" rarely used.

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