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

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • 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
  • 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


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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