wallah

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Either from Hindi -वाला (-vālā, pertaining to) or from Hindi वाला (-vālā, person in charge), from Sanskrit पाल (pāla, protector), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (protect).

Noun[edit]

wallah (plural wallahs)

  1. (India) A servant or other person responsible for something, often specified after it, for example kitchen wallah.
    • 1931, George Orwell, A Hanging
      Kindly take one of my cigarettes, sir. Do you not admire my new silver case, sir? From the boxwallah, two rupees eight annas.
  2. (UK, slang) A guy or bloke.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Interjection[edit]

wallah

  1. Common misspelling of voilà.

References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967