жесть

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Russian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably a Turkic or Mongolian borrowing; compare Kazakh жез ‎(jez, brass), Tatar җиз ‎(ciz, brass), Mongolian зэс ‎(zes, copper; brass). Remodelled under the influence of жесть ‎(žestʹ, frozen soil).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

жесть ‎(žestʹf inan ‎(genitive же́сти, nominative plural же́сти)

  1. tin (plate), sheet metal

Declension[edit]

Interjection[edit]

жесть ‎(žestʹ) ‎(жесть)

  1. Used in surprise, or denoting something horrific.
    "Он такие трюки на доске вытворяет! Просто жесть!"
    He gets up such tricks on the board! Wow!

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References[edit]

  • жесть in Max Vasmer (1986), Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language], in 4 vols (second edition), Moscow: Progress — Translated from German and supplemented by O. N. Trubačóv