- (in India, Malaya, East Africa, etc, esp formerly) a washerman
C19: from Hindi, from dhōb washing; related to Sanskrit dhāvaka washerman
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Examples from the Web for dhobi
The Dhobi is also employed on the occasion of a birth or a death.
In these circumstances a Dhobi with good connections is what you require.
How the dhobi does his work; beating the clothes on a stone.
A dhobi, for instance, does not expect or aspire to be anything different.
These love not the dhobi, and dwell by preference far from the madding crowd.Birds of the Indian Hills