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syce

or saice, sice

[sahys] /saɪs/
noun
1.
(in India) a groom; stable attendant.
Origin of syce
1645-1655
1645-55; < Urdu sā'is < Arabic
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  • Of course Baboo went, much to the disgust of Aboo Din, the syce.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • We had made a wrong turning and the syce all but slipped over a precipice.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • Out came the syce's matches, as he clung to the pony's bridle.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • He alighted, and directed his syce to follow while he walked along the road.

  • A syce, or groom, was told off to look after each three horses.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • She dropped something, stopped, and called a syce to pick it up.

  • And I came to Bithoor, and became a syce, and I have been a syce ever since.

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
  • To Finnerty's syce he added: "Take the tom-tom back; we'll walk to the bungalow."

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • The syce, or groom, was lying on his back in a pool of blood.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • When she appeared in her rickshaw he dismounted, and gave the reins to his syce.

    The Pool in the Desert Sara Jeanette Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for syce

syce

/saɪs/
noun
1.
(formerly, in India) a servant employed to look after horses, drive carriages, etc
2.
(in Malaysia) a driver or chauffeur
Word Origin
C17: from Urdu sā'is, from Arabic, from sāsa to administer
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