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wallah

[wah-lah, -luh] /ˈwɑ lɑ, -lə/
noun, Indian English.
1.
a person in charge of, employed at, or concerned with a particular thing (used in combination):
a book wallah; a ticket wallah.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Hindi -wālā suffix of relation
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wallah

/ˈwɒlə/
noun
1.
(usually in combination) (informal) a person involved with or in charge of (a specified thing): the book wallah
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi -wālā from Sanskrit pāla protector
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Word Origin and History for wallah
n.

also walla, Anglo-Indian, from Hindi -wala, suffix forming adjectives with the sense "pertaining to, connected with;" the functional equivalent of English -er (1). Europeans took it to mean "man, fellow" and began using it as a word.

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