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or lathee

[lah-tee] /ˈlɑ ti/
noun, Indian English.
a heavy pole or stick, especially one used as a club by police.
Origin of lathi
1840-50; < Hindi lāthī Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The policeman walked cautiously forward, his lantern raised in one hand and his lathi tightly grasped in the other.

    Bengal Dacoits and Tigers Maharanee Sunity Devee
  • It shall also be illegal for any male person to carry or be found in possession of an instrument known as a lathi.

  • And lo, beneath the portico, I found a lathi and a rope with a hook at the end, and I wondered with a great wonderment.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • Stealing along the battlements, he sought for some fissure in which he might plant his lathi.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • He picked up his lathi—a five-foot male-bamboo ringed with bands of polished iron—and flourished it in the air.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • The boys are also taught asanas (postures), sword and lathi (stick) play, and jujitsu.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Have we got even a lathi with which we can defend our hearths and homes?

    India for Indians C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • It was probably like the lathi which the mild Hindoo takes with him to political meetings.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • He carried a lathi, and in dress and appearance looked like a ryot.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for lathi


a long heavy wooden stick used as a weapon in India, esp by the police
Word Origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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