Definition of maluka in English:



  • The person in charge; the boss.

    ‘he was the maluka of a remote cattle station in the Northern Territory’
    • ‘They would say, 'Maluka, we like burnim grass long that Knuckey's Bluff.'’
    • ‘As a result of herd losses, the maluka and his men head out on a man hunt.’
    • ‘Then the Maluka's reply came, and Mac whistled in amazement.’
    • ‘The Maluka explained that the missus understood all that.’
    • ‘Maluka! Maluka! Sammy bin bit by snake!’
    • ‘The blacks did not fear the Maluka.’
    • ‘The great Shadow, closing in on us, flung wide those gates of Death once more, and turning, before passing through, beckoned to our Maluka to follow.’
    • ‘When Gunn died a long, drawn-out sobbing cry went up from the camp as the tribe mourned for their beloved dead - their dead and ours - our Maluka.’


Early 20th century: from Djingulu (an Aboriginal language) marluga ‘old man’.