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, genitive plural же́стей)

  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]

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973), “жесть”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress