Arabic

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Etymology 1

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From the root ش ل ل (š-l-l) meaning "to be taken away", "to pour forth or scatter", "to drive away or chasing off in groups"; applied to herds of camels and to companies of men.

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Noun

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شَلَّة (šallaf (plural شَلَّات (šallāt))

  1. clique, squad
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Etymology 2

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Borrowed from a form related to Classical Syriac ܫܶܠܳܠܳܐ (šəlālā, suture; implication, convoluted situation; stonelet (?); *skein), cognate with Arabic سَلِيلَة (salīla, oblong strips of muscles; a long slice of material;); see also شَلِيل (šalīl, wrap of cloth used as padding under the rear of a camel's saddle).

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Noun

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شِلَّة (šillaf (plural شِلَل (šilal))

  1. hank, skein; clew
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Moroccan Arabic

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Etymology

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From Arabic شَلَّة (šalla, squad).

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Adverb

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شلة (šalla)

  1. many, much
    عندي شلة ما نعمل هاد النهار، خليني نخدم على خاطري
    ʕandi šalla ma naʕmal hād en-nhār, ḵallīni naḵdam ʕla ḵātri
    I have much work to do today, leave me work in peace

South Levantine Arabic

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Etymology

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From Arabic شَلَّة (šalla).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ʃil.le/, [ʃɪl.le]
  • IPA(key): /ʃil.la/, [ʃɪl.la]
  • Audio (Ramallah):(file)

Noun

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شلّة (šillem (plural شلّات (šillāt))

  1. friend group, clique, squad, crew, gang