One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A watchman or gatekeeper.
- ‘Shahid said that a month ago some miscreants had come to this school with a can of fuel to burn down the school but the chowkidar and other people stopped them.’
- ‘The chowkidar took me out early in the morning to spot wildlife and we saw some beautiful birds and wild deer.’
- ‘I found the chowkidar and got him to open the gates.’
- ‘I asked an old chowkidar in one of the buildings to what had happened to the stalls.’
- ‘Evening bus travellers were an exceedingly bored lot, second only to high school teachers, night chowkidars, and government clerks.’
From Urdu caukīdār, from caukī ‘toll house’ + -dār ‘keeper’.
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