Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A money-changer or banker in South Asia.
  • n. A cashier at a car park.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A banker, or changer of money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See shruff.
  • n. In India, a banker or money-changer.
  • n. In China, Japan, etc., a native teller or silver-expert, employed by banks and mercantile establishments to inspect and count all dollars that reach the firm, and detect and throw out the bad or defaced ones.
  • To inspect for the purpose of detecting and throwing out what is bad: as, to shroff dollars.

Etymologies

Anglo-Indian corruption of saraf. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Guests came face to face with two mandarins, a wedding bride, a woman with bound feet and her child, a schoolmaster, a shroff (money changer), three soldiers, and a Buddhist priest with a shaved head (fig. 9.7).

    The Romance of China: Excursions to China in U.S. Culture: 1776-1876

  • The ape cried, "I am the ape of Abu al-Sa'adat the Jew, the shroff."

    Tehran Winter

  • This table is covered with a fine grass mat and surrounded on three sides with benches for the players, while on the fourth side sit the croupier and the banker or shroff.

    Life and sport in China Second Edition

  • Large sums are continually won and lost, it being a common thing to see gamblers, both men and women, after staking their last cash hand over watches, jewellery and other valuables to the shroff for valuation, and hazard all on a final throw to retrieve their losses.

    Life and sport in China Second Edition

  • Shanghai Bank was swindled seriously by a shroff who had done honest duty for a great number of years.

    Across China on Foot

  • Perhaps Jinendra felt compassionate toward a poor shroff (money-lender) who can not defend his suit successfully without that title-deed.

    Guns of the Gods

  • He left his affairs in the hands of the shroff, the Chinese accountant, who could be trusted to manage them for a short time.

    Civilization Tales of the Orient

  • The shroff was very fearful, but as he was to be compradore now, to do the work of a

    Civilization Tales of the Orient

  • He stood eyeing the young Chinese accountant, and the shroff looked him back fairly in the eye, and the same thought passed through both minds.

    Civilization Tales of the Orient

  • So Withers and the shroff continued their desolate journey, day by day, across the plains, over such roads as are not, save in North

    Civilization Tales of the Orient

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  • T.L.S.: 'Burton’s language, too, is eccentric and pretty unreadable, such that a not unlikely title might be “The Shroff who Futtered his Cadette with the Two Coyntes�? (I am making this up, but the words are Burton’s). Such words may be useful for players of Scrabble; modern readers deserve something better.'

    O.E.D. to the rescue: a shroff is 'a banker or money-changer in the East; in the Far East, a native expert employed to detect bad coin'. No luck with futter as a verb, though; it's given only (under futtah) as an early spelling of whata (Maori), 'a food-store raised on posts'. Wiktionary says, however, that it's Burton's own coinage, from foutre. A cadette is a younger daughter or sister... Coynte has been discussed before. And that, clearly, is how you get biologically improbable filth into the pages of a respectable newspaper.

    January 22, 2009