from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A song, especially a Slavic folksong, that has alternating happy and sad passages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A genre of instrumental folk music from Ukraine

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Polish lament or threnody, or a piece of music in a melancholy style.


Slovak, Ukrainian folksong, from Ukrainian, diminutive of duma, thought, memory, narrative poem, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ukrainian думка (dúmka), diminutive of дума (dúma, "sung epic poem"). (Wiktionary)


  • You can do all the dumka stuff in private, the way Anna

    Cheerful—By Request

  • For a more detailed discussion, see Yuri Shapoval, Ukraina 20-50-kh rokiv: storinky nenapysanoi istorii (Kyiv: Naukova dumka, 1993); Robert Kusnierz, Ukraina v latach kolektywizacji i Wielkiego Glodu (1929-1933) (Torun: GRADO, 2005); and Rozsekrechena pamiat.



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