Definition of wallah in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɒlə/


[in combination or with modifier] Indian or informal
1A person concerned or involved with a specified thing or business: a rickshaw-wallah
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  • The early morning sound of the bell reminds you of the ice-cream wallah of a bygone era.
  • This is a follow up to the two-day summit in Delhi where 1500 delegates from 15 states participated and as many as 5000 good souls attended a rally including 50 cycle rickshaw wallahs!
  • Pakistan's emergence as the leading figure in the world of militant Islam owes a great deal to the oil wallahs from the Persian Gulf.
1.1A native or inhabitant of a specified place: Bombay wallahs


From the Hindi suffix -vālā 'doer' (commonly interpreted in the sense 'fellow'), from Sanskrit pālaka 'keeper'.

Words that rhyme with wallah

ayatollah, choler, collar, corolla, dollar, dolour (US dolor), Hezbollah, holler, scholar, squalor, Waller, white-collar

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