(also chokidar /ˈtʃɒkɪdɑː/)
(In South Asia) a watchman or gatekeeper.
- Evening bus travellers were an exceedingly bored lot, second only to high school teachers, night chowkidars, and government clerks.
- I found the chowkidar and got him to open the gates.
- Shahid said that a month ago some miscreants had come to this school with a can of fuel to burn down the school but the chowkidar and other people stopped them.
From Urdu caukīdār, from caukī 'toll house' + -dār 'keeper'.
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