EA: Hayzaboon حيزبون

Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by GoldBug, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. GoldBug

    GoldBug Senior Member

    Great Lakes area - USA
    American English
    EA: Hayzaboon

    Within the last few days, a sign or placard was seen making the rounds in Cairo describing an official as a "Hayzaboon".

    Where did this peculiar word come from, is it purely Egyptian, what does it mean and how is it spelt? Many thanks for responses.
     
  2. Finland Senior Member

    Finland
    finnois
    Hello!

    The word is usually used to refer to an unpleasant woman. If I'm not mistaken, it has traditionally been used in fairy tales to describe some sort of a witch, an old hag, etc.

    In Arabic: حيزبون.

    HTH
    S
     
  3. cherine

    cherine Moderator

    Alexandria, Egypt
    Arabic (Egypt).
    Yes, it's like "witch" in the meaning of evil woman, not necessarily someone who practices witchcraft. It's mostly, if not only, used with old women, especially a person who sticks her nose in other people's business and causes trouble.
     

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