- (in India) watchman, caretaker; one who inhabits a "chowki", police station or guard house.
- 1969: "... And tell me do you think it was he himself who impersonated the policeman who so conveniently took over the guarding of the horse when the chowkidar's house was set on fire." "That is the chowkidar guarding the stables?" Ghote asked. " w:H. R. F. Keating, H. R. F. Keating, Inspector Ghote plays a joker
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