zek

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Russian зэк (zèk), probably representing a pronunciation of з/к (z/k), Soviet abbreviation of заключённый (zaključënnyj, prisoner).

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Noun[edit]

zek (plural zeks)

  1. A prisoner at a Russian prison, especially (historical) at a Soviet labour camp. [from 20th c.]
    • 1988, Stefani Hoffman, translating Natan Sharansky, Fear No Evil, p. 235:
      Every prisoner who recants is a potential influence on other zeks to do likewise.
    • 2004, Jason Burke, The Observer, 8 Feb 2004:
      There are the zeks, the survivors of the gulags, some honest about their experiences, others still deluded or traumatised decades later.

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