I've seen 蕉 translated into Mandarin (and dubbed into Mandarin) as 肏.

CC-CANTO doesn't really give anything much for in Cantonese.

words.hk doesn't give any results, either.

I'm guessing 蕉 just fits the pronunciation ziu1 but is not the actual character for whatever it is supposed to mean, but I have no way of knowing for sure.

  • What does 蕉 mean in Cantonese?
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    It means 'banana' literally. But it can be used as swear words for its shape.
    – Lin Wanfei
    Oct 2, 2015 at 8:02

2 Answers 2


it means bananas (香蕉)! But if people say "食蕉" to you in a foul way, it means "eat shit", because a banana and shit are similar in shape i guess...

i am from HK and i speak Cantonese .

  • Doesn't 食蕉 mean something to do with fellatio?
    – Mou某
    Oct 5, 2015 at 13:55
  • that usage is also possible but relatively rare in my life experience Oct 5, 2015 at 14:00

if people say "食蕉" to you in a foul way, it means "suck dick" and not eat shit!

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