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definition of the word naik

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From Tamil.

Singular
naik

Plural
naiks

naik (plural naiks)

  1. A lord or governor in South Asia.
  2. An officer (equivalent to corporal) in a corps of Indian or Nepalese soldiers.
    • 1888: Also, he had to keep his temper [...] especially once when he was abused by a Naik he had himself recruited from Isser Jang village — Rudyard Kipling, ‘Miss Youghal's Sais’, Plain Tales from the Hills (Folio Society 2007, p. 26)
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