- (in India) a banker or money-changer.
- (in the Far East, especially China) a native expert employed to test coins and separate the base from the genuine.
- to test (coins) in order to separate the base from the genuine.
Origin of shroff
1610–20; earlier sharoffe < Portuguese xarrafo, probably < Gujarati śaraf < Arabic ṣayrāfī moneychanger
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Examples from the Web for shroff
I can borrow it again from the shroff, just for the present.Captain Desmond, V.C.
They did not ask the shroff, the Chinese accountant, what he thought of it.
I think an enterprising tradesman got some of it, and a shroff gobbled the rest—or else I spent it.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
He left his affairs in the hands of the shroff, the Chinese accountant, who could be trusted to manage them for a short time.
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.
- (in China, Japan, etc, esp formerly) an expert employed to separate counterfeit money or base coin from the genuine
- (in India) a moneychanger or banker
- (tr) to test (money) and separate out the counterfeit and base
C17: from Portuguese xarrafo, from Hindi sarrāf moneychanger, from Arabic
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