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muzhik

or mou·jik, mu·jik, mu·zjik

[moo-zhik, moo-zhik]
noun
  1. a Russian peasant.
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Origin of muzhik

1560–70; < Russian muzhík, equivalent to muzh husband, man (OCS mǫžĭ, akin to man1) + -ik diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for muzhiks

Historical Examples of muzhiks

  • You've got that idea into the heads of the muzhiks, and now they're in revolt.

    The Created Legend

    Feodor Sologub

  • No more slavery—serfdom was abolished—the muzhiks were free.

    Comrade Kropotkin

    Victor Robinson

  • It had obliged the muzhiks, but had shed a mere sprinkling for the barin.

    Dead Souls

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

  • The misfortune of us muzhiks is that we cannot protect ourselves properly.

    Dead Souls

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

  • The teams were bridleless, and in each waggon were seated some two or three muzhiks with their blouses unbuttoned.

    Fathers and Sons

    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev


British Dictionary definitions for muzhiks

muzhik

moujik or mujik

noun
  1. a Russian peasant, esp under the tsars
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Word Origin for muzhik

C16: from Russian: peasant
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