See also: Sheila

English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Sheila (female given name).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃiːlə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːlə

Noun edit

sheila (plural sheilas)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A woman.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:woman
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:man
    Coordinate terms: bloke, (Australian) bruce
    • 2009, Rosemary Van Den Berg, Clogs and Bare Feet, page 208:
      He was a real gentleman and although he never asked any personal questions as to why ‘a couple of sheilas’ was hitch hiking to Perth, he said he was glad of the company.
    • 2010, Deke Rivers, The Singer and His Songs, page 22:
      [] You know I counted no less than fifty-five sheilas out on the street today, all screaming when you guys played.”
    • 2011, Kate Shayler, Burnished: Burnside Life Stories, page 8:
      I definitely didn’t think about getting married. I was real scared of sheilas back then.
Translations edit

Etymology 2 edit

mannequins wearing sheilas (shaylas)

From Arabic شَيْلَاء (šaylāʔ).

Noun edit

sheila (plural sheilas)

  1. A shayla, a headscarf worn by Muslim women.
    Coordinate term: niqab
    • 2005, Meraj Rizvi, “Lesbianism makes its way to varsity dorms”, in Khaleej Times:
      They sport short hair, no makeup, and do not wear a sheila.
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Further reading edit

  • sheila”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.

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