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or moujik, mujik, muzjik

[moo-zhik, moo-zhik] /muˈʒɪk, ˈmu ʒɪk/
a Russian peasant.
Origin of muzhik
1560-70; < Russian muzhík, equivalent to muzh husband, man (OCS mǫžĭ, akin to man1) + -ik diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The muzhik in the doorway of the hut stood bowing to the ground.

  • It is the country where a muzhik is as good as a prince of the blood!

  • In other respects they resemble very closely the ordinary peasant, or muzhik.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • This is the land where a muzhik is as good as a prince of the blood!

  • The muzhik was probably then, as now, only too ready to accept a loan without taking the necessary precautions for repaying it.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • Their ideas, the ideas of the masters, are unintelligible to me, a muzhik.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • The muzhik barely holds the reins and rocks from side to side sleepily.

  • 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
  • In other stories, again, the deep-seated piety of the muzhik, and his patriarchal simplicity of heart are portrayed.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • A muzhik walked at her side, a dirty, ill-smelling fellow, who said nothing and hiccuped.

    The Created Legend Feodor Sologub
British Dictionary definitions for muzhik


a Russian peasant, esp under the tsars
Word Origin
C16: from Russian: peasant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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