Ekh (expression)

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Ekh (Russian: Эх) is a spoken interjection in Russian and certain other Slavic languages. Ekh-ma (Эх-ма) is closely related.[1]

It is typically spoken by itself or at the beginning of a sentence, and can be used to express wonder, feeling sorry for something, reproach, pride at a just-accomplished feat, and other strong feelings.

Literary examples[edit]

  • "Эх, как важно развернулся! Фу ты, какая пышная фигура!" ("Ekh, how splendidly he's getting on! Phew, what a magnificent figure!") - Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol


  1. ^ Academic.ru definitions. Accessed on February 27, 2009 (Russian)