Definition of Sindhi in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of the province of Sind in Pakistan.

    • ‘Baluchis are found in the southwest, and Sindhis, in the south.’
    • ‘Rural Sind is populated mainly by Sindhis, but the big cities, such as Karachi and Hyderabad, have been settled largely by Mohajirs, Urdu-speaking Muslims who migrated from India.’
    • ‘The discussion on minorities in Pakistan has drifted aimlessly into defining Baluchis, Sindhis and Pashtuns as minorities and Pakistan as seething cauldron under Punjabi domination.’
    • ‘There are also several distinct ethnic and linguistic groups in Pakistan, including Pathans, Punjabis, Sindhis, and Baluchis.’
    • ‘The legend goes that the Portuguese massacred about 8,000 Sindhis without a single casualty, and carried off one of the richest booties in Asia.’
  • 2mass noun An Indic language spoken in Sind and also in western India.

    • ‘Modern Baluchi shows borrowings from Persian, Arabic, Sindhi, and other languages.’
    • ‘Having been brought up in the dry, mountainous terrain of Balluchistan and his mother tongue being Saraiki (a blend of western Punjabi, Sindhi and Pushto), his background conspired against him.’
    • ‘Urdu and Sindhi are those unfortunate languages that have no home of their own.’
    • ‘There are four major regional languages in Pakistan: Sindhi, Punjabi, Baluchi and Pushtu.’
    • ‘It is correct that this area spoke one language, Sindhi; this is confirmed by many Muslim geographers.’


  • Relating to the province of Sind or its people, or the Sindhi language.

    • ‘She gives a very instructive insight into Pakistani literature - pardon, into Urdu, Sindhi, Pashto, Punjabi and Balochi literature.’
    • ‘Born in London to Sindhi parents, the young actress who spent two years in Bombay as a child, says the film has made her much more politically aware than she used to be.’
    • ‘She recalled the terror felt even in remote villages and the anguish of having to suppress her Sindhi identity, language and clothing.’
    • ‘Aptly called Samjhautha, the festival showcases some of the Pakistani chef's specialities: Lahori lamb chops, Peshawari rotis and Sindhi mutton biryani.’
    • ‘And the highlight of the programme was the scrumptious feast, where there were a variety of typical Sindhi delicacies lined up to satiate hunger.’


From Persian and Urdu sindī, from Sanskrit sindhu ‘river’ (specifically the Indus).