Posted by: xeper | October 22, 2008

Modern Egyptian Word Etymology – Clothes Items

The words below are used every day in today’s Standard Modern Egyptian describing clothes items. This is a work in progress. Please do not hesitate to suggest more words, and feel free to correct the definitions and/or etymologies below:

AMIIC – shirt, from Arabic QAMIIC

BAN6ALOON – pants, from French PANTALON

BARUUKA – wig, from French PERUQUE (what is Italian?)

BAVETTA – chest cover for babies, from French BAVETTE (or Italian?)

BLOOVAR – pull over, from English

BLUUZA – blouse, from English or French, or Italian

ESHARB – scraf, from French ÉCHARPE

GONELLA – skirt, Italian?

GAZMA – shoe, origin unknown

7EZAAM – belt, seemingly from Arabic

JIIBA – skirt, from French JUPE

KASKETTA – cap (head gear) from French CASQUETTE (or Italian?), of the same meaning

KARAVATTA – neck tie, from French CRAVATE

MINI – miniskirt, from French MINI-JUPE or other Western language

NADDAARA – eye glasses, from Arabic NAZhZhAARA of same meaning, from NAZhAR “vision”

NA3L – shoe sole, from Arabic NA3L, meaning “shoe”(?)

OSTEEK – a watch’s wrist band, origin unknown

PANTAKUUR – short pants, from French PANTACOURT

SAA3A – watch, from Arabic SAA3A, same meaning, originally meaning “hour”

SHARAAB – sock, origin unknown

SHORT – shorts, from English SHORTS

SORTETT – head band, from French SURTÊTE, literally meaning “over the head”

TRWAKAAR – short pants, from French TROIS-QUARTS, literally meaning “three quarters”

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Do you have any corrections or additions? What other clothes items would you like to see included? What other word categories would you like to be included?

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Responses

  1. Gazma is exactly the Turkish word for shoes, this is also the case with the following:

    Shanta= bag from Turkish
    Oda= Room from Turkish
    Foota= Towel from Turkish

    As for sharaab or shoorab it is a very distant modification of the Arabic Gawrab

  2. Thank you Meto 🙂
    If you find more words please drop them here 🙂

  3. Ok, how about Galabeyah – traditional floor-length shirt.

    I like your name, Xeper – Ancient Egyptian for “To Become”or Becoming.

    Excellent!

    Joe


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