Meaning of Abdul in English:


Pronunciation /ˈabdʊl/


slang, derogatory
  • Originally: a male Turk; specifically (chiefly Australian and NZ) a Turkish soldier in the First World War (1914–18); (also) Turkish soldiers collectively. Later usually: (a generic name for) an Arab man.


Late 19th century. From Abdul- (in Ottoman Turkish Abdullāh (Turkish Abdullah) and its etymon Arabic ʿAbdullāh) and many similar male forenames formed with Arabic ʿabd slave, servant + one of the ninety-nine Muslim names of God), the forename in the various languages being taken as a typical name of (and hence generic name for) a Turk or Arab.