sheik

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sheik a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
    • n sheik the leader of an Arab village or family
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
    • n Sheik The head of an Arab family, or of a clan or a tribe; also, the chief magistrate of an Arab village. The name is also applied to Mohammedan ecclesiastics of a high grade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The following is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language: "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick".
    • n sheik In Arabia and other Mohammedan countries, an old man; an elder. The head of a tribe or village; a chief.
    • n sheik A religious chief among Mohammedans; a title of learned or devout men; master.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sheik shēk a man of eminence, a lord, a chief: a title of learned or devout me
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. sheikh, shaykh, a venerable old man, a chief, fr. shākha, to grow or be old
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. sheikhshākha, to be old.

Usage

In literature:

The sheik Al Jebal was so called.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
The sheik was not a good specimen of the effect produced by his way of living.
"Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year" by E.C. Hartwell
Soon afterwards the Sheik approached and inquired whether Stephen and Roger could ride.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
However, I find the sheik who was in command of the town, and relate my difficulty to him.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
Presently, however, the sheik himself deigned to tell him the cause of the rejoicing.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
I saw many fine looking old Sheiks from the desert entering the Foreign Office in Berlin.
"Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard
Among the few who escaped was the Sheik Sidi ben Abed.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
There was a tale told at the time concerning a powerful Sheik near the front who was neutral.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
A few minutes later we were joined by the Governor of the town and the Sheik, with his officers.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
His name was Sheik Hajaar.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
He wore the dress of a sheik of secondary rank.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It also contains the roughly constructed Koubba of the Sheik Ghebara, with a pyramidical cupola coated with clay.
"The Caravan Route between Egypt and Syria" by Ludwig Salvator
In my case the Bedouins had a very easy job, while the Sheik enjoyed a sinecure.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
Avicenna, however, remained hidden for forty days in a sheik's house, till a fresh attack of illness induced the amir to restore him to his post.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The Turkish version of the Battle of Sheik Saad estimated the British losses at 3,000.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
But the sheik of Arab aspects wished to possess him, with a view to his ultimate ransom.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Ali Banu, Sheik of Alessandria, was a singular man.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
The house of the meritorious sheik differed in no respect from the dwellings of the other inhabitants.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
A wealthy Sheik who once lived in the Land of Uz told us how God challenged him to answer certain questions about the mountains.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
He addressed himself to the principal sheiks, and obtained from them a declaration in favor of the French.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
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In poetry:

Would I polish off Japan?
Would I greet this famous man,
Prince or Prelate, Sheik or Shah?--
Figaro gi and Figaro la!
"Programme" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Sheiks and the Horse Guards behaved right well—
Because beneath their swords, by the score, the Sepoys fell;
And their beautiful war steeds did loudly neigh and roar,
While beneath their hoofs they trampled them all o'er.
"The Capture of Lucknow" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

But he's the best kind of crazy, especially where big-screen versions of sheiks are concerned.
A rich sheik (Amr Waked) has a dream of bringing salmon fishing to the Yemen desert.
Wrestler The Iron Sheik weighs in on lockout.
Items tagged with Duncan Sheik .
Romney refers to 'that sheik temple.
We've adjusted this one to illustrate Sheik 's attitude.
Smartly, Chris Brown has yet to respond to the Iron Sheik .
Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik perform Sunday at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center.
Open Shelter Benefit Show with Duncan Sheik .
Thanks to The Iron Sheik .
I came across a hilarious article where Iron Sheik was interviewed by NBC online, and I don't think they knew what they were getting into when interviewing "Sheikie".
Lunch at the Sheik was fast and affordable.
Duncan Sheik Covers Eighties Remixed.
Duncan Sheik Covers Eighties Remixed RSS.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed and You.
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