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Ethel

[eth-uh l] /ˈɛθ əl/
noun
1.
a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “noble.”.
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  • It was hard to meet Ethel—and Milly and Mrs. Baker afterwards.

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  • I would have been glad, for Ethel is a dear child, and I had given you sorrow enough.

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  • They all belonged to the dream, even Ethel, and now he had got back to the reality.

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  • "Vera and I are going for a run round the country," Ethel wrote.

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  • There was no hurry, Ethel had told him so frankly, no other suitor being in the running.

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Word Origin and History for Ethel

fem. proper name, originally a shortening of Old English Etheldred, Ethelinda, etc., in which the first element means "nobility."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Ethel

noun

  1. A coward, esp a cautious prizefighter
  2. An effeminate man; percy, sissy (1920s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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