Competition wallah

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Competition wallah a term applied in Anglo-Indian colloquial speech to a member of the Civil Service who obtained appointment by the competitive system instituted in 1856
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Yule explains wālā as a Hindi adjectival affix, corresponding in a general way to the Latin -arius. Its usual employment as affix to a substantive makes it frequently denote agent, doer, keeper, owner, &c.

Usage

In literature:

He hates competition-wallahs, being of the ancient muster himself.
"A Bottle in the Smoke" by Milne Rae
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