chowkidar

noun

chow·​ki·​dar
¦chau̇kē¦där
variants or less commonly chokidar
¦chōkē¦där
or chaukidar
¦chau̇kē¦där
plural -s also chokidars or chaukidars
India
: watchman
He asked why the Prime Minister, who called himself the country's chowkidar or watchman, was allowing illegalities to take place. The Hindustan Times, 30 June 2015
especially : a private watchman (as at a gate)

Word History

Etymology

Hindi caukīdār, from caukī police station, guard's post + -dār possessing

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“Chowkidar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chowkidar. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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