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dhobi (ˈdəʊbɪ Pronunciation for dhobi



(plural) -bis
  1. (in India, Malaya, East Africa, etc, esp formerly) a washerman

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi, from dhōb washing; related to Sanskrit dhāvaka washerman

Example Sentences Including 'dhobi'

I sat on hot yellow sand and watched the dhobi women's children watching me.
Hyland, Paul Indian Balm - Travels in the Southern Subcontinent
The rocks were covered now with washing spread out by the dhobi men to dry; long saris, white shorts, shirts.
Leasor, James Tank of Serpents
Their argument: while the dhobi delivers the clothes in 3-7 days, commercial launderettes can do the job in 24 hours.
Business Today (1998)


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