sheikhs

sheik

[sheek, sheyk]
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:
1570–80; < Arabic shaykh old man

sheiklike, adjective

shake, sheik (see synonym study at shake).
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sheik
"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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