-वाला

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Hindi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit पाल (pāla) or पालक (pālaka).

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 (chī̃knā, to sneeze) + ‎-वाला (-vālā) → ‎छींकनेवाला (chī̃knevālā, one who sneezes)
  2. denotes prospective verb forms; just about to
    मैं वहाँ जानेवाला था।ma͠i vahā̃ jānevālā thā.I was just about to go there.

Declension[edit]