One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An older sister or older female cousin (often as a proper name or form of address)‘just have a look at this luggage, didi’
- ‘Why were all the servants in the village pointing at Shalu didi when her tummy became big?’
- ‘Kalpana was didi to a whole generation here in India, a role model - both actually and symbolically as one for whom the stars were literally the limit - for youngsters struggling to make a place for themselves in the world.’
- ‘One day, Smriti said ‘Daddy naughty Anita didi said so.’’
- 1.1 A respectful form of address to any older woman familiar to the speaker.
- ‘And, memorably, Arundhati didi what's the Sydney Peace Prize?’
- ‘‘Didi, didi, didi,’ she pleads, gesturing to her mouth and her malnourished body.’
Probably Hindi, from Bengali.
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