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 before 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. (Britain, slang) A guy or bloke.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic وَٱللّٰه (wal-lāh).

Alternative forms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wallah (not comparable)

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  1. (Islam) by God; used in making a solemn oath

Etymology 3[edit]

Interjection[edit]

wallah

  1. Misspelling of voilà.

References[edit]


Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Arabic وَٱللّٰه (wal-lāh).

Interjection[edit]

wallah

  1. (slang) Generic intensifier.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic وَٱللّٰه (wal-lāh), I swear by God.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

wallah

  1. (slang) wow (an expression of surprise)
  2. (slang, Tunisian) I'm serious