Advanced Russian vocabulary

Advanced Russian vocabulary from our “Russian Word of the Day” series. Every word comes with a picture, audio and two examples.

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Russian slang, proverbs, idioms, and many other different words and expressions in Modern Conversational Russian Dictionary.

тропи́нка [tra-péen-ka] Noun , feminine
path, trail (usually a narrow trodden one)
прихора́шиваться [pree-ha-rá-shee-va-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to smarten oneself up, to spruce up
тарато́рить [ta-ra-tó-reet'] Verb , imperfective
to talk very fast, to gabble
щеко́тно [schee-kót-na] Adverb
it tickles
ухитри́ться [u-heet-rée-tsa] Verb , perfective
to contrive, to manage
причёска [pree-chyós-ka] Noun , feminine
hairstyle, hairdo, haircut
зря [zrya] Adverb
in vain, to no purpose, (all) for nothing
нарасхва́т [na-ras-hvát] Adverb
~ like hot cakes, in great demand
безобра́зие [bee-za-brá-zee-ye] Noun , neuter
outrage, mess, something bad
припоздни́ться [pree-pazd-nee-tsa] Verb , perfective
to be (a bit) late
под ключ [pat klyuch] Phrase
turnkey, fully ready/constructed
поголо́вно [pa-ga-lóv-na] Adverb
all without exception
оплоша́ть [ap-la-shát'] Verb , perfective
to make a mistake, to fail, to blunder
заблуди́ться [za-blu-dée-tsa] Verb , perfective
to get lost, to lose one's way, to go astray
торопи́ться [ta-ra-pée-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to hurry, to be in a hurry, to hasten
на цы́почках [na tsý-pach-kah] Phrase
on tiptoe
дразни́ть [draz-néet'] Verb , imperfective
to tease, to mock
босико́м [ba-see-kóm] Adverb
barefoot
прома́зать [pra-má-zat'] Verb , perfective
to miss (the mark)
зано́за [za-nó-za] Noun , feminine
splinter; (about a person) pain in the neck, nag
враспло́х [vrasp-lóh] Adverb
unawares, unexpectedly, by surprise
продешеви́ть [pra-dee-shee-véet'] Verb , perfective
to sell too cheap
ны́нешний [ný-neesh-neeî ] Adjective
present, this, actual, today's
остепени́ться [as-tee-pee-née-tsa] Verb , perfective
to settle / steady down, to become staid / respectable, to sober down
плаче́вный [pla-chyév-nyî ] Adjective
sad, deplorable, pitiable, lamentable, mournful
зла́чный [zlách-nyî] Adjective
(place) of carouse and debauchery, bawdy (place)
слыть [slyt'] Verb , imperfective
to have the reputation for, to be said / reputed / known
oпростоволо́ситься [a-pra-sta-va-ló-see-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to blunder, to make a blunder / gaffe / howler
са́нки [sán-kee] Noun , plural
sled
за́дним число́м [zád-neem chees-lóm] Phrase
post factum, backdating

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