One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in South Asia) a washerman or washerwoman.
- ‘And he was well served by his staff, who included a gardener, a water-carrier, a dhobi, and a watchman.’
- ‘The dhobi had mistakenly exchanged our shirts.’
- ‘I am grateful that some of us still employ dhobis.’
- ‘My friend Santosh, the dhobi, tells us proudly about buying a mobile phone for his parents in their remote village in Uttar Pradesh.’
- ‘In 2000, separate welfare boards were formed for handicrafts, artists, agricultural workers, weavers, tailors, tree climbers, dhobis, hairdressers, chapel makers and auto workers.’
From Hindi dhobī, from dhob ‘washing’.
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