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21:18 May 19, 2001
English to Arabic translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Slang
English term or phrase: mughead
slang word
misty church

Summary of answers provided
na +1Please repost your question with sufficient informationFuad Yahya
na +1BaleedRaghad
naSaathaJ or mughaffal
Ghassan Ghosn



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Please repost your question with sufficient information

You stand a much better chance of receiving serious, useful answers if you provide full contextual information. “Slang word” is not enough information. Please provide a full sentence or more of text showing how the word in question is to be used.

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By definition, slang terms are terms of limited circulation. They are confined to a limited segment of the general population, and their use is short-lived. Even when they last long, their meanings change rapidly. Remember the word "edgy"? It used to mean "being on the edge of one's seat," in the sense of being easily provoked. Now, the same term is used to mean "on the cutting edge," in the sense of being at the radical forefront of development.

We will help you find an approximate equivalent in the target language if you help us understand what you mean by the slang term.

"Approximate" is a key word here. Slang terms usually signify peculiar referents: that is why they are invented. They are powerful signifiers, but what they signify tends to be parochial rather than universal. Therefore, most slang terms do not have direct equivalents in foreign languages. English slang terms are hardly translatable into English, let alone into other languages. For this reason, please do not expect the translation suggestions to be exact matches.


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Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish

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Dear "misty church"!!

If you mean by mughead: a fool or someone who is easily fooled, then you have a wide range of words, some of them are:
Ahmaq: أحمق
Akhraq: أخرق
Ablah: أبله
Mughaffal: مغفل
Ahbal: أهبل (this word could be used formally and informally)

If you mean (blockhead) then it is:
Baleed: بليد

If you mean (a face or an ugly face) like: Get your ugly mug out of my house, then it is:
Wajh: وجه
Ugly mug (face): wajh qabeeh: وجه قبيح

If you just mean (a stupid head) then it is:
Ra’sun ghabee: رأس غبي
(your) stupid head: ra'suka alghabee
رأسك الغبي

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SaathaJ or mughaffal

The 'th' in the first word is pronounced like in 'the.'

Ghassan Ghosn
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6 hrs

If you provided more words, it would have been easier

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