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.

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
самоу́чка [sa-ma-úch-ka] Noun , masculine or feminine
self-taught person
упусти́ть [u-pus-téet'] Verb , perfective
to miss, to overlook, to let go / slip

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