- 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 šā&hlowbrev;a, to grow old; see śy&hlowbrev; in Semitic roots.
Variant of sheik
- the chief of an Arab family, tribe, or village
- an official in the Muslim religious organization
Origin of sheikafter E. M. Hull's novel, The Sheik (1921)Slang a masterful man to whom women are irresistibly attracted
Origin of sheikArabic shaikh, literally , old man ; from shākha, to grow old