Sheikh definition

shāk, shēk
(slang) A sexually alluring man.
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(islam) A man respected for his piety or religious learning.
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A male leader of an Arab family or village.
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A man in an Arab society who is important or wealthy.
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Used as a form of address for such a man.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sheikh
Plural:
sheikhs

Origin of sheikh

  • Arabic šayḫ old man, chief from šāḫa to grow old śyḫ in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition