variants or less commonly dhobie
plural -s
: a member of a low caste of India employed as washermen : washerman

Word History


Hindi dhobī; akin to Sanskrit dhāvaka dhobi, dhāvati he washes, dhavala white, Greek thoos bright, shining

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“Dhobi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dhobi. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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