copeck

[koh-pek]

kopeck

or ko·pek, co·peck

[koh-pek]
noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for copeck

Historical Examples of copeck

  • Well, he remained in service a second year, and received a second copeck.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • Writhe away or not as you please,” thought the poor man, “but pay me my copeck!

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • Here's a five copeck piece left in my pocket, where did I get it?

    Crime and Punishment

    Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • His months pay—every copeck of that was spent and receipted.

    The Duel

    A. I. Kuprin

  • And I haven't a copeck left either; we only just managed to get here.


British Dictionary definitions for copeck

copeck

noun
  1. a variant spelling of kopeck

kopeck

kopek or copeck

noun
  1. 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 for kopeck

Russian kopeika, from kopye lance; so called because of the representation of Tsar Ivan IV on the coin with a lance in his hand
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Word Origin and History for copeck

kopeck

n.

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