Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "rain" in Russian

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Meaning: rain

Pronunciation: [dohsht']

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #796 (see frequency list)

It's raining.
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 Example sentences:
  • В Москве́ идёт дождь.
  • It's raining in Moscow.
  • На́чался дождь.
  • It started raining.
  •  literal  The rain started.
  • Ната́лья укры́лась от дождя́ под де́ревом.
  • Natalia took shelter from the rain under a tree.
  • На зе́млю упа́ли пе́рвые ка́пли дождя́.
  • The first drops of the rain hit the ground.
  • Де́ти бе́гают под дождём.
  • The children are running under the rain.
  • В э́том году́ ма́ло дожде́й.
  • There is not enough rain this year.
  •  literal  There are few rains this year.
  • Андре́й ду́мал о дожде́.
  • Andrey was thinking about the rain.
  • К двум часа́м дождь прекрати́лся.
  • The rain has stopped by two o'clock.
  • Дождь не перестава́л.
  • The rain wouldn't stop.
  • Дождь ко́нчился, и в не́бе показа́лось со́лнышко.
  • The rain has stopped and the sun showed up in the sky.
  • Он лежа́л на крова́ти и слу́шал, как дождь бараба́нит по кры́ше.
  • He was laying in bed and listening to the rain drumming on the roof.
  • Ка́жется, дождь собира́ется.
  • It looks like it's going to rain.
  • Cезо́н дожде́й начина́ется в ию́не.
  • The rainy season begins in June.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • ме́лкий дождь = drizzle
      literal  fine rain
  • проливно́й дождь = downpour
      literal  pouring rain
  • ли́вень = downpour, heavy shower
  • дождь льёт как из ведра́ = it is raining cats and dogs
      literal  rain pours like out of the bucket
  • дождь переста́л/прекрати́лся = the rain has stopped
  • под дождём = in the rain
      literal  under the rain
  • мо́рось = drizzle (noun)
  • мороси́ть = to drizzle (verb)
  • cезо́н дожде́й = wet season, rainy season
 Related words:
  • дождли́вый = rainy
  • до́ждик = small rain (diminutive form)
  • пого́да = weather
  • оса́дки = precipitation
  • ли́вень = downpour, heavy shower
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Ли́бо дождь, ли́бо снег, ли́бо бу́дет, ли́бо нет.
  • May be rain or may be snow, may be yes or may be no.
  • По́сле до́ждичка в четве́рг.
  • When pigs begin to fly.
  •  literal  After the rain on Thursday.
  • Без ту́чи нет дождя́.
  • No cloud, no rain.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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