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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Arabic بِنْت (bint, girl, daughter), from Proto-Semitic *bint-, used to denote a patronym.

The term entered the British lexicon during the occupation of Egypt at the end of the 19th century, where it was adopted by British soldiers to mean "girlfriend" or "bit on the side". Its register varies from that of the harsher bitch to being affectionate, the latter more commonly associated with the West Midlands. The term was used in British armed forces and the London area synonymously with bird in its slang usage (and sometimes brass) from at least the 1950s.

A Yemeni community existed in the Tyneside shipping industry (particularly in Laygate, in South Shields) since the 1890s: [1]. The word entered the local language as it was Arabic for "daughter", and was not always derogatory.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bint (plural bints)

  1. (Britain, pejorative) A woman, a girl.
    Tell that bint to get herself in here now!
    • Austin Powers (film)
      Don't you remember the Crimbo din-din we had with the grotty Scots bint?
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
      If I went round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!

SynonymsEdit


Crimean TatarEdit

EtymologyEdit

From German Binde.

NounEdit

bint

  1. bind, bandage

DeclensionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary][2], Simferopol: Dolya, ISBN 966-7980-89-8

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bint n (plural binten)

  1. heavy wooden beam
  2. several beams, forming the structure of a building

SynonymsEdit

2: gebint, gebinte


MalteseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic بِنْت (bint)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bint f (plural ulied or bniet)

  1. daughter

Usage notesEdit

The word bint is usually used as the status constructus and with the pronominal suffixes. The morphological plural bniet today means girls. The plural form that specifically refers to daughters is ulied.

Related termsEdit


MòchenoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German wint, from Proto-Germanic *windaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wéh₁n̥ts (blowing).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bint m (plural [please provide])

  1. wind (movement of atmospheric air)

ReferencesEdit

  • Anthony R. Rowley, Liacht as de sproch: Grammatica della lingua mòchena Deutsch-Fersentalerisch, TEMI, 2003.