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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for bint


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

Word Origin for bint

C19: from Arabic, literally: daughter
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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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