[ wah-lah, -luh ]
/ ˈwɑ lɑ, -lə /

noun Indian English.

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

First recorded in 1770–80, wallah is from the Hindi suffix -wālā suffix of relation
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/ (ˈwɒlə) /


(usually in combination) informal a person involved with or in charge of (a specified thing)the book wallah

Word Origin for wallah

C18: from Hindi -wālā from Sanskrit pāla protector
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