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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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  • sheikh faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
British Dictionary definitions for sheikh

sheikh

/ʃeɪk/
noun (in Muslim countries)
1.
  1. the head of an Arab tribe, village, etc
  2. a venerable old man
  3. a high priest or religious leader, esp a Sufi master
Word Origin
C16: from Arabic shaykh old man
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Word Origin and History for sheikh

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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for sheikh

sheet

noun
  1. A newspaper: Both morning sheets have written it up (1749+)
  2. rap sheet: He's a con man with a sheet as long as your arm (Police)
Related Terms

dope sheet, poop sheet, rap sheet, scratch sheet, swindle sheet, three sheets to the wind


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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