Definition of wallah in English:



  • 1in combination or with modifier A person concerned or involved with a specified thing or business.

    ‘a rickshaw-wallah’
    • ‘We have seen industry wallahs taking of cracking down on pirates.’
    • ‘This is a follow up to the two-day summit in Delhi where 1500 delegates from 15 states participated and as many as 5000 good souls attended a rally including 50 cycle rickshaw wallahs!’
    • ‘Pakistan's emergence as the leading figure in the world of militant Islam owes a great deal to the oil wallahs from the Persian Gulf.’
    • ‘The early morning sound of the bell reminds you of the ice-cream wallah of a bygone era.’
    • ‘A few days back, during a long drive to a customer's office, I started talking to the taxi wallah.’
    1. 1.1 A native or inhabitant of a specified place.
      ‘Bombay wallahs’


From the Hindi suffix -vālā ‘doer’ (commonly interpreted in the sense ‘fellow’), from Sanskrit pālaka ‘keeper’.