- a person in charge of, employed at, or concerned with a particular thing (used in combination): a book wallah; a ticket wallah.
Origin of wallah
Examples from the Web for wallah
“Wallah thaib—it is well said,” replied Mustapha, as the two disputants were removed from the presence.The Pacha of Many Tales
It was half a square before he saw a cab; then, in a matter-of-fact way, he motioned to the wallah.Caravans By Night
I spied thirty scalps on his belt, his leggings and mocassins were sewn with the hair of the Wallah Wallahs.Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet
He too commends the "Wallah Wallah" Indians for their honesty and humanity.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 1 (of 2)
William Denison Lyman
"Ah, yes; but your wallah frequently falls asleep at his work," you remark to the resident.East of Suez
Frederic Courtland Penfield
- (usually in combination) informal a person involved with or in charge of (a specified thing)the book wallah
Word Origin and History for wallah
also walla, Anglo-Indian, from Hindi -wala, suffix forming adjectives with the sense "pertaining to, connected with;" the functional equivalent of English -er (1). Europeans took it to mean "man, fellow" and began using it as a word.