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Definition

Generic term for night watchman in southern India, Tamil Nadu in particular. Apparently derived from “Gorkha”, today’s goorkhas who wander the streets of small towns and big cities, keep our life and limb safe through long nights are no more from Nepal than I am the Empress of China.

Usage

"This goorkha fellow is just a waster, I say. I am going to bang him today. Can you imagine, last night, when I was coming back from the late show, he was fast asleep on the iron-wallah's push cart."
Added 2011-09-07 by oldathai

Root

Nepali

Region

Tamil Nadu

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