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).

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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. (India, historical) Short for competition wallah.
  3. (Britain, slang) A guy or bloke.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic وَٱللّٰه(wa-llāh, literally by God).

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Adverb[edit]

wallah (not comparable)

  1. (Islam) by God (Allah); may God be my witness used in making a solemn oath

Etymology 3[edit]

Interjection[edit]

wallah

  1. Misspelling of voilà.

References[edit]

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

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]

  • IPA(key): /wa.la/
  • (file)

Interjection[edit]

wallah

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

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Arabic وَٱللّٰه(wal-lāh).

Interjection[edit]

wallah

  1. (slang) Generic intensifier.

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