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شبيك لبيك

Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by Finland, May 18, 2013.

  1. Finland Senior Member


    I know the expression لبيك in the sense "I'm at your service", but what is the meaning of the phrase when you add شبيك in front of it?

    I'm afraid I don't really have a context for this, it was just an exclamation in an obscure poem, and then I found many instances of it on the Internet but couldn't really figure out what the meaning was.

    Any help from anyone?

    Thanks, S
  2. Linolenic Senior Member

    I don't think شبيك means anything! it just rhymes with لبيك..
    Last edited: May 18, 2013
  3. Finland Senior Member

    وما هو معنى شُبّيك إذا؟ لاحظت أن العبارة "شبيك لبيك" تستعمل أحيانا في مجال ألعاب الأطفال. فمن يساعدني في تحليل العبارة وترجمتها؟

    شكرا، s
  4. cherine

    cherine Moderator

    Alexandria, Egypt
    Arabic (Egypt).
    I agree with Linoleni; I don't think shobbeek has a meaning in itself and that it's just a word that rhymes with lobbeek. (Note that we pronounce it lobbeek and note [the correct] "labbayk"). I guess it goes back to the story of Aladdin.

    The expression is used in the context of a genie that comes out from the magic lamp and tell the owner "I'm at your service, you have X wishes...etc". The "full" sentence is:
    شُبِّيك لُبِّيك، خَدَّامَك بِين إيديك

    The expression can be, and obviously is, used in different contexts with the meaning of "your wish is our command" or "just make a wish" or similar things.

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