Origin of wallahAnglo-Indian from Hindi -w?l?, a suffix of agency
- One employed in a particular occupation or activity: a kitchen wallah; rickshaw wallahs.
- An important person in a particular field or organization: “the Ritz, a favorite haunt of Republican wallahs” ( John Robinson )
Origin of wallahFrom Hindi -vālā n. suff. indicating the person concerned with an item or engaged in an activity from Prakrit pāla- keeper from Sanskrit pālah protector, herdsman from pālayati he brings across safely (as for example animals at a ford), protects variant of pārayati ; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
Either from Hindi -à¤µà¤¾à¤²à¤¾ (-vÄlÄ, “pertaining to") or from Hindi à¤µà¤¾à¤²à¤¾ (-vÄlÄ, “person in charge"), from Sanskrit à¤ªà¤¾à¤² (pÄla, “protector"), from Proto-Indo-European *pehâ‚‚- (“protect").
- Common misspelling of voilÃ .