or mou·jik, mu·jik, mu·zjik

[ moo-zhik, moo-zhik ]

  1. a Russian peasant.

Origin of muzhik

First recorded in 1560–70; from Russian muzhík, equivalent to muzh “husband, man” (Old Church Slavonic mǫžĭ, akin to man) + -ik diminutive suffix

Words Nearby muzhik Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use muzhik in a sentence

  • The muzhik in the doorway of the hut stood bowing to the ground.

  • As for the money, of course—He thinks that because a muzhik like him can go without food a whole day others can too.

    The Inspector-General | Nicolay Gogol
  • A muzhik walked at her side, a dirty, ill-smelling fellow, who said nothing and hiccuped.

    The Created Legend | Feodor Sologub
  • A czarina who should see a muzhik trying on her imperial son's blue ribbon would wear no other face.

    Les Misrables | Victor Hugo
  • The Russian muzhik would have no faith if he swallowed merely things of that kind.

    Russia | Donald Mackenzie Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for muzhik


moujik or mujik

/ (ˈmuːʒɪk) /

  1. a Russian peasant, esp under the tsars

Origin of muzhik

C16: from Russian: peasant

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