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[shrof] /ʃrɒf/
(in India) a banker or money-changer.
(in the Far East, especially China) a native expert employed to test coins and separate the base from the genuine.
verb (used with object)
to test (coins) in order to separate the base from the genuine.
Origin of shroff
1610-20; earlier sharoffe < Portuguese xarrafo, probably < Gujarati śaraf < Arabic ṣayrāfī moneychanger Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • There now remains the shroff, or money dealer, whose services were indispensable, particularly in receipts.

  • I can borrow it again from the shroff, just for the present.

  • If any money stamped by a shroff on examination proved bad, it was exchanged by him, but such cases were extremely rare.

  • They did not ask the shroff, the Chinese accountant, what he thought of it.

    Civilization Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • The shroff was very fearful, but as he was to be compradore now, to do the work of a European, he could not show fear.

    Civilization Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • I think an enterprising tradesman got some of it, and a shroff gobbled the rest—or else I spent it.

  • He left his affairs in the hands of the shroff, the Chinese accountant, who could be trusted to manage them for a short time.

    Civilization Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • The Red Wand stood by the abacus, rattling the brown beads with flying fingers, like a shroff.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout
British Dictionary definitions for shroff


(in China, Japan, etc, esp formerly) an expert employed to separate counterfeit money or base coin from the genuine
(in India) a moneychanger or banker
(transitive) to test (money) and separate out the counterfeit and base
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese xarrafo, from Hindi sarrāf moneychanger, from Arabic
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