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or saice, sice

[sahys] /saɪs/
(in India) a groom; stable attendant.
Origin of syce
1645-55; < Urdu sā'is < Arabic Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for syce
Historical Examples
  • 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


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