55 Chinese Swear Words 🤬 Curse Words in Mandarin You Should Know

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Chinese Swear Words

Ready to learn some things you don’t learn in the classroom. Here are some Chinese Swear Words you should absolutely learn!

Here at LTL we strongly believe in the power of full immersion in China and, of course, when you’re learning a language, you don’t just need to learn how to talk about the weather and how to describe your outfit.

You want to learn some Chinese swear words too, right? Come on, be honest!

You also need juicy content that will make you feel an active listener and speaker… even when the conversation goes too far!

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Chinese Swearing || Commonly Used

Chinese Swearing || Stupidity and Insanity

Chinese Swearing || Loose Sexual Morals

Chinese Swearing || Getting into an Argument

Chinese Swearing || FAQs

FREE QUIZ || Test Yourself in Swearing!

Chinese Swear Words || Commonly Used

Here are some Chinese Swear words you’ll hear more than most others!

妈的 (mā de)

This quite simply means sh!t.

他妈的 (tā mā de) 

In a nutshell this is f*ck*ng sh!t in English!

The literal translation is “his mother’s.” Used day-to-day by most, you’ll hear this, even more so in the big cities.

LEVEL 🆙 – 你他妈的 nǐtāmāde means you sh!t.

Now to LEVEL 🆙 one more – want to break up with someone? Well we hope not, but if you do…

nǐ tā mā de qù sǐ ba
You f**king go to hell

According to our Chinese colleagues, this is a fantastic way to break up with someone!! Who knew.

傻屄 (shǎ bī)

Swear Words in Chinese

Calling someone a “stupid female reproduction system” is a very impolite way to describe a mean or disagreeable person.

Yet, this is one of the most commonly used curse words in China and it can be translated as “stupid c*nt”.

NOTE – If you go to a football match in China, be prepared for thousands of angry Chinese shouting 傻屄 (shǎ bī) when something goes against their side!

If the ref makes a bad call, why not join in yourself!? Might get some approving looks off some fellow angry locals and make a friend or two!!

It’s worth noting that the C-Word which is probably the strongest insult in English, is a little lighter in China, as you’ll see soon, the F-Word holds more weight.

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二百五 (Èr bǎi wǔ)

Swear Words in Chinese

Quite a funny one this. It’s the number 250, but be careful, it has a darker meaning!

Calling someone “250” basically means they are stupid, useless, good for nothing, etc.

You’ll notice in China, the number 250 is avoided at all costs.

No prices will be 250CNY for example. Honestly! Crazy isn’t it?

By simply using the phrase 二百五 (Èr bǎi wǔ) as a foreigner will probably see a few laughs from the locals!

Whilst we are on the topic of numbers…

肏 (cào)

Quite simply – fcuk!

Commonly used, as in any language.

The character is particularly interesting (and rather crude) if you break it down.

The top part is the word for enter 入, the lower part is the word for meat 肉 – make of that what you will!

肏你妈 (cào nǐ mā)

Not a particularly nice one, but then are any of these?!

This means “f*ck your mother”

Oddly, in English one of the worse insults you can give anyone is uttering the word c*nt, yet in Chinese 傻屄 (shǎ bī) is much lighter than this one.

Call someone a 傻屄 (shǎ bī) and it ain’t nice, but say 肏你妈 (cào nǐ mā), and you could start a riot!


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贱女人 (jiàn nǚ rén)

This translates to b!tch and should be used with absolute caution.

Caught saying this in the wrong situation, and you could be in quite the situation yourself. Chinese girls can be known to get, let’s say, rather rowdy in public situations!

拍马屁 (pāi mǎ pì)

See the video below for some good real-life usage for this.

拍马屁 means to brown-nose or suck up to someone. The literal translation of patting a horses backside is a rather funny one.

See if you notice this in the workplace with any Chinese colleagues you may have.

Chinese Swear Words || Stupidity and Insanity

When you want to tell someone he’s not the smartest or he’s a little out of his mind it might be useful for you to learn these few expressions …

As you will see, a lot of negative meaning words consists of eggs in Chinese such as:

笨蛋 (bèn dàn)

Being a “stupid egg,” this term is used to call someone a fool, an idiot, a moron etc.

坏蛋 (huài dàn)

Being a “bad egg” This is adjective is usually used to call someone unscrupulous or with reference to a “bad person”.

混蛋 (hún dàn)

Means being a “mixed egg”. As you can probably guess, calling someone a “mixed egg” has something to do with his uncertain origin.

This word is, in fact, is used to call a person who is a b*stard, hoodlum or scoundrel.

傻缺 (shǎquē) / 傻帽儿 (shǎmàor)

Both of these simply mean fool – not the hardest hitting insults out of all the ones we’ve listed here… but still, get’s your point across!

变态 (biàn tài)


This word is used both to define someone really suffering from a mental illness, or to someone who has an ambiguous manner and an equivocal attitude.

DID YOU KNOW – You may often hear this as a level of spice at certain restaurants.

As you can imagine biǎn tài lā (which directly translate to pervertedly hot) means the hottest thing you could possibly ask for!

Chinese Swear Words || Loose Sexual Morals

打飞机 (dǎ fēi jī)

Literally translated this means “to hit the aeroplane”.

So how does that relate to a sexual swear word. Have a think…?

Yep, it means to masturbate! Makes sense now, right?!

小三 (xiǎo sān)

Literally “little three”, it refers to someone who’s being the third person/third wheel in a relationship, another name for a kept woman, mistress.

贱人 (jiàn rén) and 贱货 (jiàn huò)

Both of the expressions include the word 贱 Jiàn “cheap” and they refer to an easy woman or a cheap person. The former is followed by 人 rén “person”, the latter is followed by the word 货 “goods”.

小姐 (xiǎo jiě)

If you are in Taiwan and Hong Kong, you can call a young lady 小姐 “Miss”, but when in Mainland China, it would be better for you to just say “美女” pretty girl, because 小姐 became a synonym for “prostitute”.

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卖豆腐 (mài dòu fu)

This has a funny literal translation that appears to make not much sense!

“Selling tofu” literally! It is used as a euphemism for prostitution.

If you are a veggie or a vegan in China, and you like Tofu, go steady when enquiring at local markets and restaurants!

吃豆腐 (chī dòu fu)

Pervert in Chinese

Another Tofu related swear word? Odd right?!

This literal translation is “eating tofu”

It is used to describe a man who is a pervert.

Be careful when asked by a Chinese friend 你喜欢吃豆腐吗? (Do you like eating Tofu?)… if they are a good/close friend they probably aren’t asking you what you think…! Note Tofu’s soft and rather bouncy like texture…

We’ll leave the rest to the imagination!

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Chinese Swear Words - Who knows the alternate meaning to the word for Public Bus?
Chinese Swear Words – Who knows the alternate meaning to the word for Public Bus?

公共汽车 (gōng gòng qì chē)

As you probably already know, this word means “public bus”, but sometimes it can be used to someone who is easy to engage sexual activity on a regular basis, just like the English expression “village bicycle”.

Chinese Swear Words || Arguing

OK time to put a bit more meeat on the bones so to speak.

We know how to swear in Chinese now, but we want some context, how we can use these in a sentence?

Let’s dive in and get you ready for any potential future disagreement!

nǐ zhēn èr
You are really silly!

nǐ zhēn fán rén
You are annoying

Nǐ kàn shénme kàn
What are you looking at?!

Nǐ zěnme huí shì
What’s wrong with you?!

méi mén r
No way!

méi zhǎng yǎn a
Are you blind or something?!

Nǐ fēngle ma
Are you crazy?

Nǐ yǐwéi nǐ shì shéi
Who do you think you are?!

Nǐ yǐwéi nǐ zài gēn shéi shuōhuà
Who do you think you’re talking to?!

Nǐ de nǎozi jìn shuǐ a
Are you out of your mind??!

Nǐ yǒu bìng a
Are you nuts?!

xiā jī bā chě
You’re talking nonsense

And now it’s time to learn some slightly more stinging statements. Strap in:

Bié fán wǒ
Don’t bother me

Guān nǐ pì shì
It is none of your goddamned business!

Bié nàyàng hé wǒ shuōhuà
Don’t talk to me like that!

Bié gēn wǒ húchě
Don’t give me your sh*t

bié zhǎo jièkǒu
Don’t give me your excuses!

Son of a bitch

Cóng wǒ miànqián xiāoshī
Get out of my face!

Nà shì nǐ de wèntí
That’s your problem!

bié zài làngfèi wǒ de shíjiānle
Don’t waste my time!

wǒ dū nìle
I’m sick of this!

Bì zuǐ
Shut up!

Maybe you could also add some kind of insult to add a little bit of extra bite?

Nǐ zhēn shi yīgè fèiwù
You’re just a good for nothing bum!

nǐ shìgè húnqiú
You’re a douchebag!

Nǐ zhēn ràng wǒ ě xīn
You make me sick!

And finally, this is how you put an end to the matter…

Wǒ zhēn hòuhuǐ zhè bèizi yù dào nǐ!
I wish I never met you before!

Nǐ huì hòuhuǐ de
You will regret this!

Wǒ bù yuàn zàijiàn dào nǐ!
I never want to see your face again!

Gǔn kāi!
Get lost!

You need to be beaten

USEFUL NOTE – see that rather odd looking character 丫. This is pronounced . Oddly the original meaning for this is b@stard, but nowadays (especially with Beijingers) this is kind of seen as slang.

For example 你丫 (as used above) is virtually the same as 你.

Good to know right!?

With the hope that you will only use these sentences and words whilst kidding with your friends, we leave you with the most famous pacifist slogan in Chinese….

Yào ài, bùyào zhànzhēng
Make love, not war!

FREE QUIZ || Test Your Chinese Swear Words

Time to put yourself to the test when it comes to swear words in Chinese! We’ve kindly prepared a quick-fire quiz for you to have a go at.

It’s super simple – choose from the options and get the results emailed to you immediately.

Enter your First name and email to begin. Don't worry you can unsubscribe at any time!

First Name
打飞机 (dǎ fēi jī)

滚开!(gǔn kāi!)

你真烦人 (nǐ zhēn fán rén)

傻缺 (shǎquē)

笨蛋 (bèn dàn)

小姐 (xiǎo jiě)

没长眼啊 (méi zhǎng yǎn a)

你丫欠揍 (nǐ yā qiàn zòu)

我都腻了!(wǒ dū nìle)

你真是一个废物! (nǐ zhēn shi yīgè fèiwù)

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Bad Chinese Words || FAQs

Is 250 avoided in China?

Yes. 二百五 (Èr bǎi wǔ), despite meaning 250 (the number) is an insult in Chinese. Nothing will ever be priced up as 250CNY in Chinese.

Avoid it at all costs!

Does “eating tofu” have an alternate meaning?

Yes. It is used to describe a man who is a pervert.

Be careful when asked by a Chinese friend 你喜欢吃豆腐吗? (Do you like eating Tofu?)… if they are a good/close friend they probably aren’t asking you what you think…!

What is “brown nose” in Chinese

Brown nose in Chinese is 拍马屁 (pāi mǎ pì) which has a literal meaning of “patting the horses backside”.

You can see it used in a real-life scenario here.

Can I call someone a 小姐 in Mainland China?

Whereas in Taiwan and Hong Kong 小姐 (xiǎo jiě) is accepted (it’s meaning is little sister/young lady), in Mainland China this is an offensive term.

It would be better for you to just say “美女” pretty girl, because 小姐 became a synonym for “prostitute”.

How do you say “You’re such a douchebag” in Chinese?


nǐ shìgè húnqiú

How do you say “I never want to see your face again” in Chinese?


Wǒ bù yuàn zàijiàn dào nǐ!

How do you say “f***ing sh*t” in Chinese?

他妈的 (tā mā de). The direct translation is “his mother”.

How do you say “Don’t give me your sh*t” in Chinese?


Bié gēn wǒ húchě

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  7. Mark F

    Haha, this is a brilliant list. Heard a lot of these before but some are new to me. Hope I never need to use them though!

    1. Max Hobbs

      Thanks Mark! Yes indeed, there’s plenty to get stuck into. It is fun listening out for them in public for sure!!

  8. Emilie R

    Haha, seen some of those in books and in conversation before. Been a long time since someone cursed at me in Chinese. I find myself missing it actually.

    1. Max Hobbs

      You’ve been cursed at in Chinese? I hope everything was OK!

      Great that you could understand it at least! 😂

    2. 你祖宗

      Many people in China talk like this.

  9. Steve

    Dying at some of these 😂

    1. Max Hobbs

      It was a fun one to write!

      1. MoMo

        There are some who say that in China they’re basically fools.Especially the”你他妈的去死吧”.It’s embarrassing.Forget it. I’ll teach you another one.The kind of people who are raised by their parents and don’t honor them is called “白眼狼”

    2. 你祖宗

      Many people in China talk like this.

  10. Pavel

    Not sure I want to know…

    1. Max Hobbs


  11. Not very accurate at times

    1. Max Hobbs

      Which ones Coen? All were provided by native speakers 🙂

  12. Riddle Liesour

    I would say that 婊子(biao3 zi)is better for bitch instead of 贱女人(not very commonly used). Actually 贱can be used independently in a lot of cases.

    1. Sakura

      I prove that you are absolutely right.

  13. Sadly similar to English where many/most of the swear words (particularly aimed at men) are actually about women and are just horrifyingly misogynistic 🙁