from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A traditional washer of clothes and linens in South Asia.
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- noun A
laundrymanin India and Pakistan; a washerman.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Spotted forktails are often seen near the places where the _dhobis_ wash clothes by banging them violently against rocks, hence the name dhobi-birds, by which they are called by many Europeans.
Hailing from the 'dhobi' caste, which is one of the Scheduled Castes, Manish, as a student of Standard IX in Ballia was not very comfortable going to the homes of his classmates to collect clothes for washing or for delivering them after they were washed.
'dhobi' or traditional washerman, says he shifted into the area nine months ago because of its ready availability of water supply.
Scared my self the other day when I was tasked with putting on the washing machine – I asked Mrs Army where she kept the dhobi dust!
By the standard of educated folks, our dhobi might be viewed as uneducated but he is wise.
Where my taxi driver and dhobi would have peace, their leaders see advantage in strife - where and when does India reach the tipping point and choose its path?
There was a cook, a bearer (the cook's assistant; he did the shopping), a sweeper (Rajasthan is dusty, so the sweeper did indeed spend his days sweeping – when he wasn't dusting), plus a gardener and the dhobi man (who collected the laundry each week).
As my husband and I stroll along the banks of the Gomti river, enjoying the wind blown, kaleidoscopic saris, freshly embroidered, starched and washed by the dhobis or washer men, then suspended to dry, we meet, chat and fall in love with a soulful dhobi.
When I offered the dhobi a small tip for hijacking him from his work, he refused the tip and touched my heart when he said, I spoke to you from my heart.
Mataprasad (the dhobi) and Chacha (the victoriawalla) are both in their fifties, and they have both seen better days.
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