Borrowing from Hindi लाठी (lāṭhī).
lathi (countable and uncountable, plural lathis)
- (India, countable) A heavy stick or club, usually used by policemen.
- 1973, JG Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur:
- The iron-bound bamboo staves, known as lâtees, with which most disputes among rival zemindars were traditionally settled.
- 2004, Khushwant Singh, Burial at Sea, Penguin 2014, p. 131:
- A phalanx of policemen armed with lathis faced a mob of mill workers squatting on the road.
- 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p. 94:
- Nearby, held back by a line of lathi-carrying peons, stood the farmers whose vessels were being weighed […].
- (uncountable) A martial art based on stick fighting originally practiced in India.
- Lathi shares its basic principles with other martial arts.