Tonks says ‘wotcher’ all the time.

Especially when she meets someone, she says ‘Wotcher’ instead of ‘Hello’.

What does it mean?

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    What'ya up ta? What'ya'doin'
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 13:00
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    'What cheer', she's northern Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 13:01
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    Discussed here on another stack; Is the word “wotcher” British slang? What does it mean?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 13:13
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    "In C.20 often rendered _watcher_ or _wotcher_, and thought of as mainly Cockney, it is a greeting going back early C.18, if not earlier. James Isham uses it in _Observations and Notes_, 1743 (Hudson's Bay Record Soc., XII, 54: Leechman). _EDD_ notes it as Yorkshire dial., ca. 1860. 'The universal greeting of labourers and countrymen' (David Garnett, _New Statesman & Nation_, 20 Feb. 1937). - A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 8th ed. by Eric Partridge & Paul Beale
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 13:14
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    (starts humming "gin gan gooley-gooley-gooley-gooley wotcher, gin-gan-goo, gin-gan-goo"...)
    – user25730
    Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 22:48

2 Answers 2


Wotcher is a greeting, like watcha or what cheer.


Wotcher definition

A British slang term formed by the contraction of "What are you up to?" "Wot'cher up ta?" devolved into this now-common greeting. See also wotcha. "Wotcher, Harry! Good to see ya, mate!"


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    Urban dictionary is a very poor source of etymological insight.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 19:31
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    @Valorum I disagree ;-P
    – Möoz
    Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 22:40

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