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noun plural -bis
  1. (in India, Malaya, East Africa, etc, esp formerly) a washerman
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Word Origin

C19: from Hindi, from dhōb washing; related to Sanskrit dhāvaka washerman
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Examples from the Web for dhobi

Historical Examples

  • The Dhobi is also employed on the occasion of a birth or a death.

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India

    R. V. Russell

  • In these circumstances a Dhobi with good connections is what you require.

  • How the dhobi does his work; beating the clothes on a stone.

    India and the Indians

    Edward F. Elwin

  • A dhobi, for instance, does not expect or aspire to be anything different.

    India and the Indians

    Edward F. Elwin

  • These love not the dhobi, and dwell by preference far from the madding crowd.