or la·thee

[ lah-tee ]

nounIndian English.
  1. 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

Words Nearby lathi Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use lathi in a sentence

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

    Kim | Rudyard Kipling
  • The boys are also taught asanas (postures), sword and lathi (stick) play, and jujitsu.

    Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda
  • He snatched a long lathi from one of the Bengalis and rushed up the slope to the hackeri nearest the nullah.

    In Clive's Command | Herbert Strang
  • And lo, beneath the portico, I found a lathi and a rope with a hook at the end, and I wondered with a great wonderment.

    Barclay of the Guides | Herbert Strang
  • Have we got even a lathi with which we can defend our hearths and homes?

    India for Indians | C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das

British Dictionary definitions for lathi


/ (ˈlɑːtɪ) /

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

Origin of lathi


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