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A fusion of the words Madam and Sahib, the word Memsahib was used in colonial India to refer respectfully to a married, European lady. Contemporarily, the word is used to refer to high maintenance, fussy women who have very expensive tastes.

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Meera: Why is Gita not joining us for dinner at the dhaaba? the food is soo good, re!

Pavan: Memsahib will only eat at the Taj! Just ignore her for a while, she will come around

Added 2011-08-22 by Kochu kalli

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Heard Ramu Chacha addressing his master's wife by that word in Hindi movies?

Mem is "Mam" and "Sahib" is Master and when you shove that into the vernacular,voila! the result is Memsahib.Hindi movies have portrayed Memsahib as an open minded female married to a rich man or daughter to a rich father.
memsahibs do not forget to shave their underarms,wear sleeveless blouses,drive premiere padmini's,play cards and tennis,have extra-marital affairs and talk gibberish.They are obdurate,whimsical audacious and impulsive.

Usage

Ramu: good maaarning Memsahib

Memsahib(wearing a tight track suit,visible panty lines on a proud display):Good morning Ramu! make me a strong coffee!

*after five minutes

Ramu: Kaaafee,Memsahib

*memsahib slaps Ramu and the scene abruptly cuts and takes you the marine lines where Memsahib in her premiere Padmini hits a hawker and kills him on the spot

Added 2011-12-04 by Fraaandshipper

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Used to be a term of respect for a European married woman in India but now refers to Indian women that maintain the trappings of neocolonial superiority.

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Aunty Wima is a total Memsahib. She sips tea in the Bangalore club and engages in postprandial chatter about how the ballboys have gotten fat and lazy and need to be "pulled up."
Added 2011-06-20 by Dishoom Dishoom