- a. Islam A man respected for his piety or religious learning.b. A male leader of an Arab family or village.c. A man in an Arab society who is important or wealthy.d. Used as a form of address for such a man.
- sheik Slang A sexually alluring man.
Origin of sheikhArabic šay&hlowbrev;, old man, chief, from ša&hlowbrev;a, to grow old; see śy&hlowbrev; in Semitic roots.