Blin - Meaning in Russian

Blin is a very interesting Russian word. Literally blin means pancake. But it’s most often used as an exclamation to express a dissapointment, distress, and other negative emotions, in that case the closest translation would be damn!

In Cyrillic it’s written блин.

If you like, you can learn more about how to make Russian blini here.

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блин [bleen] Noun , masculine , plural - блины́
pancake; (slang) damn it!
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Examples of Blin in Russian

  • Блин, ну ско́лько мо́жно повторя́ть одно́ и то же!

    bleen, nu skól'-ka mózh-na pav-ta-ryát' ad-nó ee to zhe

    Damn it, how many times do I have to repeat the same thing?!

  • Го́сти уплета́ли блины́ за о́бе щёки.

    gós-tee up-lee-tá-lee blee-ný za ó-bee schyó-kee

    The guests were gobbling down the pancakes (were eating greedily behind both cheeks).

  • Пе́рвый блин комом. (ру́сская погово́рка)

    pyér-vyî bleen kó-mam

    ≈ It's the first step that is troublesome. / You must spoil before you spin. (russian proverb, lit. - The first pancake comes out lumpy.)

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