urka

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Etymology[edit]

Russian урка (úrka, professional criminal, career criminal, thug, thief)

Noun[edit]

urka (plural urkas)

  1. A common criminal in Russia.
    • 2007 January 9, Michiko Kakutani, “Love, Bludgeoned and Bent by the Camps”, New York Times:
      He then proceeds to describe the daily calendar of violence at the camp: one urka sprinting flat-out after another urka “with a bloody mattock in his hand, a pig methodically clubbing a fascist to the ground, a workshy snake slicing off the remaining fingers of his left hand.”

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