Zek meaning

zĕk
A prisoner at a Russian prison, especially (historical) at a Soviet labour camp. [from 20th c.]
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An inmate of a Soviet labor camp.
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Origin of zek

  • Russian from abbr. for zaklyuchënnyĭ prisoner from past passive participle of zaklyuchat' to imprison from klyuch key from Old Church Slavonic ključĭ
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Russian зэк (zèk), probably representing a pronunciation of з/к (z/k), Soviet abbreviation of заключённый (zaključënnyj, “prisoner").
    From Wiktionary