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[eth-uh l] /ˈɛθ əl/
a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “noble.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ethel Brown's had yellow flowers on it and Ethel Blue's had cornflowers.

    Ethel Morton at Chautauqua Mabell S. C. Smith
  • "You have got to thank me for it all, Jimmy," Ethel said, when he came to her for congratulations.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • Miss Graham did not seem to single out Ethel Blue for particular attention.

  • "He's rather an old stick, if I may say that of your beloved's father," Ethel went on.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • The hour was fixed and the notes sent out, and Ethel met Dr. Spencer at the garden gate.

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge
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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