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Arabic
British Military Terms and Soldier Slang

China and the Far East
Egypt and the Sudan
East Africa
French North Africa
India and the Northwest Frontier
South Africa

A

 
aas vogels SA
abd el Arabic
abu Arabic
adobe West

afreet

Arabic

ague British
ahadoo Arabic
ahrar French
ahtak Arabic
ahu Arabic

Afrikaans

SA

Afrikanner

SA

ain Arabic
a'krav Arabic

akhond

India

akkal Arabic

amir, emir

Arabic

ammunitions

British

angarka

India

anna India

ansar

Egypt

arbab

India

ardeb Egypt
armadillo West
arroyo West
ashraf Egypt
asida Egypt
askari EA
atwa Arabic

aziba

Egypt

azu Arabic

B

 
baba Arabic

babu or baboo

India

badmash

India

Baggara Egypt

bahadur

India

bakaratch Arabic
baksheesh Arabic
bandana West
bandobast India
baraka Arabic
barra India

barracoon

EA

batta

India

bazaar

China

Bedouin

Arabic

beef, beer, lust

British

beer, bum, and bacca British
beeves West
beia Egypt

Bengal Army

India

Berber Arabic
berg SA
Bersaglieri China
bhang Arabic
biltong SA

bimbashi

Egypt

biscuit West
bish'aa Arabic
black death British
black water fever British
black widow spider West
bled Arabic
blimey British
blue jacket British
blue norther West

bobbajee

India

bobcat West

Boer

SA

bois d'arc West

boma

EA

Bombay Army

India

BOR British
brevet British
brew British
brolly British
bronco West
brown recluse spider West
buckeroo West
Bull Durham West

bun strangler

British

bundu EA

bungalow

India

bunkhouse West
bushwhack West
butte West
buttonhead West

bwana

EA

C

 
caballero West
cafard French
cangue China
cantonments India
caravan British
casa West
casbah Arabic
cat, catted French
catamount West
catarrh British

catty, catties

China

cha (or char)

India

chandoo China
chaps West

cha wallah

India

chadar

India

chaplies

India

char British
charpoy British
chasseur French
chechia French

chee-chee

British

cheroot British

chin-chin

China

chit

China

Chitrali

India

cholera belt British
choola India

chop

China

chop-chop

China

chota peg British

chota wallah

British

chuck West
chuck wagon West
cinch West
cinematrograph British
circuit judge West
circuit rider West
class regiment British

clobber

British

coal oil West

college

British

consumption British

coolie

China

copperhead West
coral snake West
corn pone West
cottoneye West
cottonmouth West
cottonwood tree West

courbash

EA

cowpuncher West
croaker British
coyote West
curbash Egypt
cushy British
cutch, kutcha India

D

 
d'abia Arabic

dafadar

India

daisy-roots

British

Dar el Islam Arabic
dally West
dekko British
dem Egypt
dengue fever West
Dervishes Egypt

dhobi

India

dhobi  wallah

British

dhodie

India

dhoolie

India

dhoolie wallah

British

dhoti

India

dhow or dhou

Arabic

divan Arabic
dixie British
djinn Arabic
djundi Arabic
D. O. British
doggo British
dogie West
don West

donga

SA

donkey walloper British

dorp

SA

doughnut West
dragoman Egypt

drift

SA

dry goods West
dude West
duenna West
dugout West
durra Egypt

durwan

India

dyspepsia British

E

 
effendi Egypt
ein Arabic
enteric fever British

ESA

China

ETA

China

EVA

China

F

 
fan-qui China
farda Egypt

fakir

India

fellah

Egypt

fellah

Arabic

fellahin

Egypt

felucca

Egypt

ferinji  

Arabic

fiesta West
finjan Arabic

firman

Arabic

Fishing Fleet British
fonduk Arabic
foot-pad West
fossick British

Franco-Chinese Corps

China

Frontier Light Horse SA
fuggaras French
fundi SA

G

 
galloper British
gassi Arabic
Gardner Gun British
gatztatz Arabic
gelding West
gellabas Egypt
General Services Enlistment Act British

Ghazi

India

ghi India
gila monster West
gobs West
gom Arabic
goolie India

goralog

India

goum French
goumier French

graft

British

grass-widow India

Great Game

India

Green-headed devils

China

grey backs West
grippe British
grub-line riding West
gully washer West
gunslinger West

Gurkha

India

H

hacienda West
hackamore West
Haddendowa Egypt
Hadj Arabic
Hale's rockets SA

hamattan

Egypt

hamdul'allah Arabic
hams Arabic
haq Arabic
haramzadas India
haratin French
harem Arabic
harka French
hassi Arabic

havelock

British

havildar

India

havildar major

India

hazar India

heliograph

British

hizb Arabic
hombre West

hong

China

hongo

EA

hornswoggle West
hot or cold British
Howdah Gun India

huangdi

China

hubshi

India

huzoor

India

I

 
ibn Arabic
ibutho SA

idderao

India

ikhanda SA
ikhehla SA
iklwa SA

imma

Egypt

Imperial Yeomanry British
impi SA
induna SA
insh'allah Arabic

International Gun

China

inyanga SA
isicoco SA
isihlangu SA
iviyo SA
iXwa SA

J

 
jalapeño West
jamal Arabic

jambo

EA

jao

India

jambok  SA

jawan

India

jebel Egypt

jemadar

India

jezail

India

jibbah

Egypt

jihad or jehad

India

jihadiyya

Egypt

jirga

India

John Company

India

joss

China

joss pidgin

China

juju EA

juldi

India

junk

China

K

 

Kabul

India

kadi Egypt

Kaffir

SA

kahin Arabic

kaimakam

Egypt

kalb Arabic

kali pani

India

Kansu Braves

China

karaba

Egypt

kasar French
kasarian French
keffiyeh Arabic
kepi French

Khabadar

India

khaki

India

Khaki SA

Khalsa

India

khan

India

khansamah

India

khawi Arabic
khayeh Arabic

Khedive

Egypt

khel

India

khilf Arabic
khud India

Khyber Pass

India

kila India

Kingsley’s Force

China

kip

British

kitchen kaffir SA
kloof SA
knobkerrie SA
kop SA

kopje

SA

Kot daffadar

India

kotal

India

kraal

SA

krait India

kullah

India

L

 

laager

SA

lal pagriwalas

India

lance daffadar

India

lariat West

lashkar

India

Legion Etrangèr French
liberty-men British
line-camp West
loblolly West
loco West
locoweed West
loot British
lorcha China

lungi

India

M

 
maboul Arabic

Macartney’s Force

China

madafe Arabic

Madras Army

India

Mahdi

Egypt

Mahdiya Egypt

mahout

India

majnun Arabic
majoon India

maidan

India

Makhzan French
malaria British

malik

India

mallah French

mambo

EA

mandarin

China

Manilamen

China

marabout Arabic
marhaba Arabic
marhabtein Arabic

martial classes

India

matlow British
maverick West
Maxim Gun British
medina Arabic

memsahib

India

men

China

mfecane

SA

mesa West
mescal West
mesquite West
miasma British
mihrab Arabic
minaret Arabic
mosque Arabic
mosshorn West

mountain gun

British

mubashi Arabic
mudiria Egypt
muezzin Arabic

Mujhaddin

India

mukhtar Arabic
mulazem Egypt

mulazimiyya

Egypt

muley West

mullah

Arabic

munshi

India

murrain British
muslimaniya Egypt

Mussulman

British

mustang West
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