قحبة

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the root ق ح ب (q-ḥ-b) related to coughing

Pronunciation[edit]

Standard Arabic: IPA(key): /ˈqaħ.ba/

Regional pronunciation:
Senses 2 and 3:
 (Tunisian: قحبة IPA(key): ˈqæħbæ) (Libyan: قحبة IPA(key): ɡaħba) (Syrian: قحبة IPA(key): ˈʔaħbe) (Lebanese: قحبة IPA(key): ˈʔɑħbe)

Noun[edit]

قَحْبَة (qaḥbaf (plural قِحَاب (qiḥāb))

  1. cougher, a woman who coughs a lot, especially an old one
  2. (vulgar) prostitute (due to the practice of drawing the attention of customers by coughing in pre-Islamic Arabia)
  3. (vulgar) indecent woman