Definitions

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  • noun A strip of cloth worn around the feet before the wide availability of socks or to avoid chafing, absorb sweat and improve the foothold.

Etymologies

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From Russian портянки (portjánki), singular портянка (portjánka)

Examples

  • His feet are wrapped in portyanki, a square of fabric used instead of socks, which look and smell like they are in dire need of change, too.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • His feet are wrapped in portyanki, a square of fabric used instead of socks, which look and smell like they are in dire need of change, too.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • Pull on the scratchy uniform, the portyanki (rectangular pieces of cloth used instead of socks), and the heavy leather boots that didn’t quite fit.

    A Russian Soldier’s Story

  • Pull on the scratchy uniform, the portyanki (rectangular pieces of cloth used instead of socks), and the heavy leather boots that didn’t quite fit.

    A Russian Soldier’s Story

  • Pull on the scratchy uniform, the portyanki (rectangular pieces of cloth used instead of socks), and the heavy leather boots that didn’t quite fit.

    A Russian Soldier’s Story

  • Pull on the scratchy uniform, the portyanki (rectangular pieces of cloth used instead of socks), and the heavy leather boots that didn’t quite fit.

    A Russian Soldier’s Story

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