Egyptian Arabic Dictionary


This page explains the abbreviations used in the dictionary


Egyptian Arabic
A word that is only used in Egypt
Modern Standard Arabic
A word that is understood in Egypt and used throughout the arabic speaking world
Classical Arabic
American English


The usage is a star indicating how frequently the word is used: the options are

  • - daily
  • - regularly
  • - occasionally
  • - understood but rarely used
  • - not always understood
  • no star - unrated


The element type indicates how a word is used in a sentence. Some words can be used in more than one way: for example 'name' can be either a noun or a verb.

For more information about elements, consult the Egyptian Arabic Grammar pages by following the links in this table.

abbreviation nameDescription
expr expressiona complete phrase, good morning
partparticiplea participle is derived from a verb. active: watching
passive: watched
v verbdescribes what is happeningmake, think
vi intransitive verba verb that does not have a direct objectsleep
n nouna thing or abstract conceptthing: brick
concept: equality
propronoun something used in place of a nounI, he, nothing
adjadjective describes or qualifies a nounbig, orange
advadverb describes a verb or adjectivequickly, very
prepprepositiondefines the relationship, for example in space or time, between two thingsabove, after
conjconjunction links two phrases togetherbecause, but
compcomparativederived from an adjective, used to compare two thingsbigger, smarter
q queryturns a sentence into a questionwhat, why
modalmodalqualifies a verbmust, might, could


Most words exist in more than one form (for example, knife and knives). The dictionary provides all of the forms necessary to work out the rest.

abbreviation nameUsed withUsageExample
m masculineadjone male person
f feminineadjone female person
many things
s singularn,adj,partone person or thing
pl pluraln,adj,partmany persons or things
coll collectivenfoods and materialsfish, water, cloth
dual dualn'a couple of'minutes
p perfectva completed action
imp imperfectvan action in progress
pair pairn'a pair of'shoes
invar invariableadj,part,modalmust
part participle
inf infinitivevin english, preceded by 'to'
act active participlevin english, -ing
pass passive participlevin english, -ed