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[eth-uh l] /ˈɛθ əl/
a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “noble.”.
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Word Origin and History for Ethel

fem. proper name, originally a shortening of Old English Etheldred, Ethelinda, etc., in which the first element means "nobility."

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


  1. A coward, esp a cautious prizefighter
  2. An effeminate man; percy, sissy (1920s+)

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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