Definition of Sindhi in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Sind.

    • ‘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 legend goes that the Portuguese massacred about 8,000 Sindhis without a single casualty, and carried off one of the richest booties in Asia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Baluchis are found in the southwest, and Sindhis, in the south.’
  • 2The Indic language of Sind, used also in western India.

    • ‘Urdu and Sindhi are those unfortunate languages that have no home of their own.’
    • ‘Modern Baluchi shows borrowings from Persian, Arabic, Sindhi, and other languages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aptly called Samjhautha, the festival showcases some of the Pakistani chef's specialities: Lahori lamb chops, Peshawari rotis and Sindhi mutton biryani.’
    • ‘She gives a very instructive insight into Pakistani literature - pardon, into Urdu, Sindhi, Pashto, Punjabi and Balochi literature.’
    • ‘And the highlight of the programme was the scrumptious feast, where there were a variety of typical Sindhi delicacies lined up to satiate hunger.’
    • ‘She recalled the terror felt even in remote villages and the anguish of having to suppress her Sindhi identity, language and clothing.’


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