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also wal·la  (wä′lä, wŏl′ə)
1. One employed in a particular occupation or activity: a kitchen wallah; rickshaw wallahs.
2. An important person in a particular field or organization: "the Ritz, a favorite haunt of Republican wallahs" (John Robinson).

[From Hindi -vālā, n. suff. indicating the person concerned with an item or engaged in an activity, from Prakrit pāla-, keeper, from Sanskrit pālaḥ, protector, herdsman, from pālayati, he brings across safely (as for example animals at a ford), protects variant of pārayati; see per- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈwɒlə) or


(usually in combination) informal a person involved with or in charge of (a specified thing): the book wallah.
[C18: from Hindi -wālā from Sanskrit pāla protector]


or wal•la

(ˈwɑ lɑ, -lə)

n., pl. -lahs or -las.
a person employed at or concerned with a particular thing, specified by the preceding word: a ticket wallah.
[1770–80; < Hindi -wālā]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wallah - usually in combination: person in charge of or employed at a particular thing; "a kitchen wallah"; "the book wallah"
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"


[ˈwɒlə] Nhombre m (pej) → tío m, sujeto m
the ice-cream wallahel hombre de los helados
the wallah with the beardél de la barba


n (dated sl)Typ m (inf)
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