Definition of gopak in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡōpak/
(also hopak)


An energetic Ukrainian dance in duple time, traditionally performed by men.
Example sentences
  • In a popular folk dance called the hopak, male dancers compete against each other, performing acrobatic leaps.
  • The hopak was first danced by the Cossack of the Zaporhizian Sich in the sixteenth century and spread to the rest of Ukraine.
  • It was exciting, and always got the crowd going, with much clapping, expostulation and dancing of the gopak.


1920s: via Russian, from Ukrainian hopak.

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Syllabification: go·pak

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