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or kopek, copeck

[koh-pek] /ˈkoʊ pɛk/
an aluminum-bronze coin of Russia, the Soviet Union, and its successor states, the 100th part of a ruble.
Origin of kopeck
1690-1700; < Russian kopéĭka, equivalent to kopʾë lance, spear + -ka diminutive suffix; so called from the lance with which the figure on the coin was armed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for kopeck
Historical Examples
  • But charity—to the amount of one kopeck, one meal, even so much as a cup of water!

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • Every kopeck, every rouble, has gone to tighten that embrace.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • Every kopeck she earned or saved was a scale in her coat of armor.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • It is true it might have been worth no more than a kopeck, but a kopeck is to him what a rouble is to me.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • I repeat to you, as to all the rest, I would not give a kopeck for any man I have ever met.

    High Noon Anonymous
  • It was too dismal to confess he had not collected a kopeck or one recruit.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill
  • Dig it up and take it home with you and when you have a kopeck drop it in.

  • Comrades, I propose that we quit work until he gives up that kopeck!


    Maksim Gorky
  • Before Easter he paid a rouble, and he has not paid a kopeck since.

  • Lastly, and above all else, keep and save your every kopeck.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
British Dictionary definitions for kopeck


a monetary unit of Russia and Belarus worth one hundredth of a rouble: coins are still used as tokens for coin-operated machinery although the kopeck itself is virtually valueless
Word Origin
Russian kopeika, from kopye lance; so called because of the representation of Tsar Ivan IV on the coin with a lance in his hand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kopeck

1/100 of a ruble, from Russian kopeika, from kop'e "lance" (cognate with Greek kopis "chopper, cleaver;" see hatchet); so called because the coin showed the czar with lance in hand.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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