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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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They were tall, fierce-looking chaps, Mahomet Singh and Abdullah Khan by name, both old fighting-men who had borne arms against us at Chilian- wallah.
from 132-KV Scarp Colony grid station, 240 Mor, Ali Pur, Dana Abad and Bachiana feeders originating from 132-KV Jaranwala grid station, Jaranwala Road feeder emanating from 132-KV Khurarianwala grid station, Usman Abad feeder originating from 132-KV Chiniot grid station, Imam Bargah Road feeder emanating from 132-KV Factory Area grid station, Akbar Abad feeder originating from 132-KV University grid station, Gulistan Colony feeder emanating from 132-KV OTP grid station, Wallah and Lalian City feeders originating from 132-KV Lalian grid station,
lifts by deployment of necessary plant & machine executing by the agencies at his own cost Including cost of constructions of ramps/crossing of channels/ Wallah Streams to facilitate all operations, removal of the same.
Shashi appeared in the Merchant Ivory films The Householder (1963), Heat and Dust (1983) and Shakespeare Wallah (1965).
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His English-language movies included The Householder in 1963, Shakespeare Wallah in 1965, Bombay Talkie in 1970 and Heat And Dust, in which he co-starred with his wife, British actress Jennifer Kendal, in 1982.
He also won over the West with his films including The Householder and Shakespeare Wallah .
I'm still good, I'm known as the Poo Wallah in my house.
Another case related to the arrest of a man known as the white corolla wallah.
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Adel said Wallah to Jon and his famous "Wake up Canada" line.