- an honorific title given to a Hindu religious teacher.
- a person resembling a swami, especially in authority, critical judgment, etc.; pundit: The swamis are saying the stock market is due for a drop.
Origin of swami
- (in India) a title of respect for a Hindu saint or religious teacher
Word Origin and History for swamies
1773, " an idol," later, "religious teacher" (1901), from Hindi swami "master" (used as a term of address to a Brahmin), from Sanskrit svami (genitive svaminas) "lord, master," from sva-s "one's own" (cognate with Latin sui; see idiom) + amah "pressure, vehemence."