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EtymologyEdit

From a Turkic language, probably a borrowing of a dative singular form attested in Kipchak languages; compare Tatar баш (baş, head), Bashkir башҡа (bašqa, literally head.1SG.DAT).

Initial (in 17th century) meaning 'head of a large fish' implies an origin related to fish trade in South Russia (e.g. on Volga and Don).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [bɐʂˈka]
  • (file)

NounEdit

башка́ (baškáf inan (genitive башки́, nominative plural башки́, genitive plural башо́к)

  1. (colloquial, derogatory) pate, noggin, bonce (slang word for head, part of the body)
    Поду́май свое́й башко́й о после́дствиях!
    Podúmaj svojéj baškój o poslédstvijax!
    Use your noggin, think of the consequences!

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