variants or less commonly chokidar
or chaukidar
plural -s also chokidars or chaukidars
: 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


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

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“Chowkidar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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