-वाला

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Hindi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit पाल (pāla) or पालक (pālaka), compare Bengali -ওয়ালা (-ẇala).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Delhi Hindi) IPA(key): /ʋɑː.lɑː/, [ʋäː.l̪äː]

Suffix[edit]

-वाला (-vālām

  1. (highly productive) one who does
    चाय (cāy, tea) + ‎-वाला (-vālā) → ‎चायवाला (cāyvālā, tea seller)
    डब्बा (ḍabbā, box) + ‎-वाला (-vālā) → ‎डब्बावाला (ḍabbāvālā, lunch deliverer, dabbawallah)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: wallah

Suffix[edit]

-वाला (-vālām

  1. denotes agentive verb forms
    लिखना (likhnā, to write) + ‎-वाला (-vālā) → ‎लिखनेवाला (likhnevālā, one who writes)
    छींकना (chīṅknā, to sneeze) + ‎-वाला (-vālā) → ‎छींकनेवाला (chīṅknevālā, one who sneezes)
  2. denotes prospective verb forms; going to, about to [when used with exclusive emphatic particle ही (hī)]
    मैं वहाँ जानेवाला था।ma͠i vahā̃ jānevālā thā.I was going to go there.
    वो यहाँ आनेवाली है।vo yahā̃ ānevālī hai.She is going to come here.
    वो यहाँ आने ही वाली है।vo yahā̃ āne hī vālī hai.She is about to come here.

Declension[edit]