шантрапа

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Russian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

According to the folk etymological version, from the French ne chantera pas, meaning will not sing. The origin of the word шантрапа goes back to the 18th century when serfhood was still common in Russia. Serfs were divided into two categories, those who were able to sing (chantera) and those who could not. The latter were traditionally less educated and were in lesser regard than the former.

In actual fact, it is connected with Czech šantrok, šаntrосh (liar), from Middle High German santrocke ( fraud).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

шантрапа́ (šantrapám anim, f anim

  1. worthless person

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