Definition of gopak in English:


(also hopak)


  • An energetic Ukrainian dance in duple time, traditionally performed by men.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Traditional dances - kozachok, hopak, metelytsia, kolomyika, hutsulka, and arkan - differ by rhythmic figures, choreography, region, and sometimes by gender, but share a duple meter.’
    • ‘In a popular folk dance called the hopak, male dancers compete against each other, performing acrobatic leaps.’


1920s: via Russian, from Ukrainian hopak.