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wallah

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noun wal·lah \ˈwä-lə, in combination usually ˌwä-lə\

Definition of wallah

  1. :  a person who is associated with a particular work or who performs a specific duty or service —usually used in combination <the book wallah was an itinerant peddler — George Orwell>



Origin of wallah

Hindi & Urdu -vālā one in charge, from Sanskrit pāla protector, from pālayati, pārayati he guards; akin to Sanskrit piparti he brings over, saves, Old English faran to go — more at fare


First Known Use: 1782

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