[sheek, sheyk] /ʃik, ʃeɪk/
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
Related forms
sheiklike, adjective
Can be confused
shake, sheik (see synonym study at shake)
Example Sentences for sheikh
Sheikh faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
British Dictionary definitions for sheikh
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 and History for sheikh
"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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Slang related to sheikh



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


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

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

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