Definition of chamcha in English:



  • An obsequious person:

    ‘the boss came in with his chamchas’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are chamchas all around who don't seem to follow any logic in giving rational advice to her on issues confronting the party.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Shahrukh will be travelling with his sister and 5 other chamchas from college plus 50 extras who are well trained in every dance sequence.’


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.