or la·thee


noun Indian English.

a heavy pole or stick, especially one used as a club by police.

Origin of lathi

First recorded in 1840–50, lathi is from the Hindi word lāthī Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lathi

Historical Examples of lathi

  • Have we got even a lathi with which we can defend our hearths and homes?

    India for Indians

    C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das

  • He carried a lathi, and in dress and appearance looked like a ryot.

    Barclay of the Guides

    Herbert Strang

  • He picked up his lathi—a five-foot male-bamboo ringed with bands of polished iron—and flourished it in the air.


    Rudyard Kipling

  • It shall also be illegal for any male person to carry or be found in possession of an instrument known as a lathi.

  • Stealing along the battlements, he sought for some fissure in which he might plant his lathi.

    Barclay of the Guides

    Herbert Strang

British Dictionary definitions for lathi



a long heavy wooden stick used as a weapon in India, esp by the police

Word Origin for lathi

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