from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A petty officer, such as a sergeant or corporal of irregular cavalry, a police officer, or the man in charge of a gang of laborers.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • As the gallant duffadar, sword in hand, dashed at the picquet, he was from a side position shot through both arms; but not a whit dismayed or hindered he hurled himself with splendid courage at the most brawny opponent he could single out.

    The Story of the Guides

  • The flame had caught the bag of powder, and both the gallant duffadar and his staunch opponent were blown to pieces.

    The Story of the Guides

  • Be assured that duffadar Faiz Talab did not fail to appropriate the thickest and strongest wall in support of his tactical scheme.

    The Story of the Guides

  • Up jumped the duffadar, and hastily shook together his sleeping wits.

    The Story of the Guides

  • Meanwhile the duffadar was in the exceedingly uncomfortable position of him who finds himself between the devil and the deep sea.

    The Story of the Guides

  • At the head of the small storming party charged a _duffadar_ [1] of the Guides 'cavalry, by name Fatteh Khan.

    The Story of the Guides

  • I had a small detachment of cavalry with me and a very excellent duffadar in charge of it.

    Afghanistan and the Anglo-Russian Dispute

  • Without a moment's hesitation, and with highly commendable presence of mind, the duffadar began shouting "Fall in! fall in!" as if addressing countless legions; and then wheeling his three men into line, and each man yelling like a dozen fiends, fell with fury on the advancing enemy.

    The Story of the Guides

  • "Nothing will persuade me to move," stubbornly reiterated the duffadar, devoutly praying that no one else would insist on sharing his bed of glory.

    The Story of the Guides

  • At Chah Sandan (altitude 3,380 ft.) we were most enthusiastically received by the _duffadar_, who was politeness itself.

    Across Coveted Lands or a Journey from Flushing (Holland) to Calcutta Overland


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.