or ko·pek, co·peck
- 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
Well, he remained in service a second year, and received a second copeck.
Writhe away or not as you please,” thought the poor man, “but pay me my copeck!
Here's a five copeck piece left in my pocket, where did I get it?Crime and Punishment
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.Plays by Chekhov, Second Series
- a variant spelling of kopeck
kopek or copeck
- 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
Russian kopeika, from kopye lance; so called because of the representation of Tsar Ivan IV on the coin with a lance in his hand
Word Origin and History for copeck
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