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noun British Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a woman or girl.

Origin of bint

1850–55; < Arabic: girl, daughter

Usage note

This British term is used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. It was originally British military slang, later adopted by Allied servicemen during both world wars.
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Examples from the Web for bint

Historical Examples

  • Sure the neighbors is all bint to watch an' take care of you.

    The Poor Scholar

    William Carleton

  • Little walking round the tiny transport donkey with the "Bint" up.

  • There we determined to halt for the night, as our cattle were unable to hold on to Bint el Jebail.

  • We overtook a party of Safed people returning from the weekly market at Bint el Jebail.

  • Indeed an' faix, it's a great shame for the likes o' you, that's bint on Maynooth, to be thinkin' of coortin' at all.

    Going To Maynooth

    William Carleton

British Dictionary definitions for bint


  1. offensive, slang a derogatory term for girl, woman

Word Origin

C19: from Arabic, literally: daughter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bint


"girlfriend," 1855, British English, from Arabic bint "daughter;" adopted by British servicemen in the Middle East.

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