[sheek, sheyk]
Also, shaikh, sheikh. (in Islamic countries) the patriarch of a tribe or family; chief: a term of polite address.
Slang. a man held to be masterful and irresistibly charming to women.

1570–80; < Arabic shaykh old man

sheiklike, adjective

shake, sheik (see synonym study at shake). Unabridged
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sheikh or sheik (ʃeɪk)
a.  the head of an Arab tribe, village, etc
 b.  a venerable old man
 c.  a high priest or religious leader, esp a Sufi master
[C16: from Arabic shaykh old man]
sheik or sheik
[C16: from Arabic shaykh old man]

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Word Origin & History

"head of an Arab family," also "head of a Muslim religious order," 1577, from Arabic shaykh "chief," lit. "old man," from base of shakha "to grow old." Popularized by "The Sheik," novel in Arabian setting by E.M. Hull (1919), and movie version "The Sheikh," 1921, starring Rudolph Valentino, which gave
it a 1920s sense of "strong, romantic lover."
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Example sentences
The land was bought from the sheik of a neighboring village.
The sheik's other wives were much older than she was.
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