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sheik

[sheek, sheyk] /ʃik, ʃeɪk/
noun
1.
Also, shaikh, sheikh. (in Islamic countries) the patriarch of a tribe or family; chief: a term of polite address.
2.
Slang. a man held to be masterful and irresistibly charming to women.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Arabic shaykh old man
Related forms
sheiklike, adjective
Can be confused
shake, sheik (see synonym study at shake)
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Word Origin and History for sheiks

sheik

n.

"head of an Arab family," also "head of a Muslim religious order," 1570s, from Arabic shaykh "chief," literally "old man," from base of shakha "to grow old." Popularized by "The Sheik," novel in Arabian setting by E.M. Hull (1919), and the movie version, "The Sheikh," 1921, starring Rudolph Valentino, which gave it a 1920s sense of "strong, romantic lover."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sheiks

sheik

noun

A handsome, sleek, romantic male lover; a ladies' man

verb

To attempt to captivate; charm; seduce: Are you sheiking me, Ralph?

[1924+; fr the 1921 movie The Sheikh, starring Rudolph Valentino]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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