(WAH-lah) [Anglo-Indian, from a Hindi suffix: man] A person engaged in or in charge of a particular occupation or activity; used in combination, as in “the ticket wallah.”

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  • Wallah — Wal lah, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A black variety of the jaguar; called also {tapir tiger}. [Written also {walla}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wallah — also walla, Anglo Indian, from Hindi wala, suffix forming adjectives with the sense pertaining to, connected with; the functional equivalent of English ER (Cf. er) (1). Europeans took it to mean man, fellow and began using it as a word …   Etymology dictionary

  • wallah — ► NOUN Indian or informal ▪ a person of a specified kind or having a specified role. ORIGIN from a Hindi suffix meaning doer (commonly taken to mean «fellow») …   English terms dictionary

  • wallah — [wä′lä] n. [Anglo Ind < Hindi wālā, a suffix of agency] a person connected with a particular thing or function: also sp. walla …   English World dictionary

  • wallah — /ˈwɒlə / (say woluh) noun Indian English (used especially in combination) 1. someone identified as belonging to a specified place, group or religion, or working in a specified place, etc.: Delhi wallah; Hindi wallah; company wallah. 2. someone… …   Australian English dictionary

  • wallah — UK [ˈwɒlə] / US [ˈwɑlə] noun [countable] Word forms wallah : singular wallah plural wallahs Indian English someone who is responsible for a particular activity or who does a particular job a ticket wallah …   English dictionary

  • Wallah — Serment par Allah Un serment par Allah, qui se fait généralement au moyen de l interjection arabe « wallah » (والله dans l alphabet arabe), signifiant littéralement « par Allah », sous entendu « [je le jure] par… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • wallah — /wah lah, leuh/, n. Anglo Indian. a person in charge of, employed at, or concerned with a particular thing (used in combination): a book wallah; a ticket wallah. [1770 80; < Hindi wala suffix of relation] * * * …   Universalium

  • wallah — noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu vālā one in charge, from Sanskrit pāla protector, from pālayati, pārayati he guards; akin to Sanskrit piparti he brings over, saves, Old English faran to go more at fare Date: 1782 a person who is associated with a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wallah — noun a) A servant or other person responsible for something, often specified after it, for example kitchen wallah. 1931 Kindly take one of my cigarettes, sir. Do you not admire my new silver case, sir? From the boxwallah, two rupees eight annas.… …   Wiktionary

  • wallah — Inglish (Indian English) Dictionary Someone involved in the function just mentioned e.g. The taxi wallah knew Kolkata very well …   English dialects glossary

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