dum·​ka ˈdu̇m-kə How to pronounce dumka (audio)
plural dumky ˈdu̇m-kē How to pronounce dumka (audio)
: an Eastern European folk ballad or lament usually with alternating slow and fast sections

Word History


Czech, elegy, from Ukrainian, diminutive of duma narrative folk poem, from Old Russian

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dumka was in 1895

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“Dumka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumka. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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