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shroff

[shrof]
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noun
  1. (in India) a banker or money-changer.
  2. (in the Far East, especially China) a native expert employed to test coins and separate the base from the genuine.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to test (coins) in order to separate the base from the genuine.
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Origin of shroff

1610–20; earlier sharoffe < Portuguese xarrafo, probably < Gujarati śaraf < Arabic ṣayrāfī moneychanger
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Historical Examples

  • I can borrow it again from the shroff, just for the present.

    Captain Desmond, V.C.

    Maud Diver

  • They did not ask the shroff, the Chinese accountant, what he thought of it.

    Civilization

    Ellen Newbold La Motte

  • I think an enterprising tradesman got some of it, and a shroff gobbled the rest—or else I spent it.

  • He left his affairs in the hands of the shroff, the Chinese accountant, who could be trusted to manage them for a short time.

    Civilization

    Ellen Newbold La Motte

  • The shroff was very fearful, but as he was to be compradore now, to do the work of a European, he could not show fear.

    Civilization

    Ellen Newbold La Motte


British Dictionary definitions for shroff

shroff

noun
  1. (in China, Japan, etc, esp formerly) an expert employed to separate counterfeit money or base coin from the genuine
  2. (in India) a moneychanger or banker
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verb
  1. (tr) to test (money) and separate out the counterfeit and base
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Word Origin

C17: from Portuguese xarrafo, from Hindi sarrāf moneychanger, from Arabic
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