Meaning of Nihang in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɪhaŋ/


  • (in South Asia) a member of a militant fundamentalist Sikh movement.

    as modifier ‘a Nihang leader’
    • ‘Amrik Kaur took him to Baba Ajit Singh Poohla, a Nihang leader, also a police operative and the head of a vigilante group.’
    • ‘A ‘memorandum of understanding ‘has been signed by the Nihangs, the Sikh caretakers of the mosque, and the Punjab Waqf Board.’’
    • ‘All Nihang organisations had been boycotting Ajit Singh Poohla since 1984, said Baba Deep Singh and Swaranjit Singh adding that earlier he was ‘patronised’ by some senior police officials.’


From Persian nihang, literally ‘crocodile’.