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chamcha Line breaks: cham|cha
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʌmtʃə/

Definition of chamcha in English:


Indian informal
An obsequious person: the boss came in with his chamchas
More example sentences
  • There are chamchas all around who don't seem to follow any logic in giving rational advice to her on issues confronting the party.
  • We can use this to silence politicians giving non-stop bhashans, their chamchas raising slogans, actors and actresses blowing their trumpets, sportsmen speaking pretences of their knee injuries and so on.
  • When people do something out of character, it is called ‘quixotic’: foolhardy attempts are known as ‘tilting at the windmills’; and what does one call an ideal chamcha?


From Bengali and Hindi chamra, cham, literally 'skin, hide'. The extended sense may derive from the idea of an obsequious person staying very close to a superior.

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