naik

noun na·ik \ˈnä|ik\
variants: less commonly

naig

\|ig\ or

naigue

\|ˌēg\ or

naique

\|ˌēk\ or

nayak

\|yək\

Definition of naik

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a leader, chief, or governor in India —used as a title of authority or form of address

  2. 2 :  a native subordinate officer in the British India army; specifically :  corporal

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Origin and Etymology of naik

Hindi nāyak, from Sanskrit nāyaka, literally, leader, from nayati he leads; akin to Middle Irish nē, nīa warrior, hero, Avestan nayeiti he leads, brings, Hittite nāi- to control, lead


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