Tag Archives: Hindi
‘loot’

‘loot’

  Ludewig appraises tray which newlyweds want to swap for cooker from Life, 13th September 1954       MEANINGS   – noun: goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc. – goods, money, etc., obtained illegally – verb: to pillage (a city, settlement, etc.) during war or riots – to steal (money or […]

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shampoo

shampoo

  M. Pickwick addressing the club – original illustration by Robert Seymour (1798-1836) for The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, published in 1837     The verb to shampoo is from Hindi cāṃpo!, press!, imperative of cāṃpnā.   It originally meant to subject a person to massage. It first appeared as a noun in […]

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brandy

brandy

  The Grand Master; or, Adventures of Qui Hi? in Hindostan. A Hudibrastic Poem in Eight Cantos by Quiz (1816) – illustration by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) (photograph: Julie L. Mellby – Princeton University Library)       The noun brandy appeared around 1640. Its original forms were brandwine and brandewine, from Dutch brandewijn, burnt (= […]

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cosh, cosy & cushy

cosh, cosy & cushy

        The Scots adjective cosh (also coash, coish, kosh) dates from the 18th century and means: – of things and persons: snug, comfortable, cosy – quiet, undisturbed – friendly, intimate.   Its origin might be one of the Angloromani adjectives meaning good, pleasant. This Angloromani adjective is derived from European Romani kuč […]

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nabob

nabob

      Asaf-ud-dowlah, a Mogul nawab, listening to musicians in his court – 1812       A nabob is a person of conspicuous wealth or high status.   The word is from Hindi nawwāb, nabāb, viceroy, governor, itself from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of na’ib, meaning lieutenant, representative, replacement.   This Arabic na’ib is […]

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