Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "friend" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: friend, buddy, mate, chum, amigo

Pronunciation: [drook]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun. The spelling "droog" may also refer to a Nadsat term for friend from A Clockwork Orange.)

Rank: #99 (see frequency list)

Anna, please meet my friend Slava.
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 Example sentences:
  • Он мой лу́чший друг.
  • He is my best friend.
  • Познако́мьтесь! Это мой дру́г Андре́й.
  • Meet each other! This is my friend Andrey.
  • У него́ мно́го друзе́й.
  • He has a lot of friends.
  • Тепе́рь мы друзья́.
  • We are now friends.
  • Они́ лю́бят друг дру́га.
  • They love each other.
  • Они́ не мо́гут жить друг без дру́га.
  • They can't live without each other.
  • Я ча́сто игра́ю в те́ннис с друзья́ми.
  • I often play tennis with friends.
  • Они́ похо́жи друг на дру́га.
  • They resemble each other.
  • Мы никогда́ ни о чём не расспра́шивали друг дру́жку.
  • We never questioned each other about anything.
  • Ники́та обзавёлся бли́зкими друзья́ми.
  • Nikita acquired close friends.
  • Поли́ция изуча́ет круг друзе́й и знако́мых потерпе́вшего.
  • Police is exploring a circle of friends and acquaintances of the victim.
  • Я провёл неде́лю в до́ме её друзе́й.
  • I spent a week in the house of her friends.
  • Будь дру́гом, подожди́ меня́.
  • Could you do me a favor and wait for me?
  •  literal  Be a friend, wait for me.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • друг друга = each other; one another
      literal  friend [a] friend
  • друг против друга = against each other; opposite each other
      literal  friend against friend
  • друг за другом = one after another
      literal  friend after friend
  • друг с другом = together; with each other
      literal  friend with friend
  • близкий друг = close friend
  • закадычный друг = bosom friend, crony, chum
  • друг детства = playfellow, childhood friend
  • друг по переписке = pen pal, pen-friend
  • друг семьи = family friend
  • друг на всю жизнь = lifelong friend
  • верный друг = faithful companion; unfailing friend
  • Будь другом, ... = Could you do me a favor and ...
      literal  be a friend
 Related words:
  • дружо́к = pal, chummy
  • подру́га = female friend; girlfriend
  • подру́жка = girlfriend
  • друзья́ = (nominative plural) friends
  • друга́н = (slang) friend
  • прия́тель = pal, friend
  • това́рищ = comrade, pal
  • знако́мый = an acquaintance, contact
  • дружи́ще = bud, buddy, old fellow, old boy
  • дру́жба = friendship
  • дружи́ть = to be friends
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Друг до поры -- тот же недруг.
  • Better an open enemy than a false friend.
  •  literal  Friend till time -- same as an enemy.
  • Друга на деньги не купишь.
  • Money can't buy friends.
  • Друзья познаются в беде.
  • You learn who your friends are in bad times.
  • Верный друг лучше сотни слуг.
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
  •  literal  A faithful friend is better than one hundred servants.
  • Старый друг лучше новых двух.
  • Everything is good when new, but friends when old.
  •  literal  An old friend is better than two new friends.
  • Вдруг не станешь друг.
  • Before you make a friend eat a bushel of salt with him.
  •  literal  Suddenly won't become a friend.
  • Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
  • A faithful friend is better than gold.
  •  literal  Don't have one hundred rubles, rather have one hundred friends.
  • Упаси меня Бог от друзей, а от врагов я и сам спасусь.
  • God save me from my friends.
  • Есть пирожки -- есть и дружки, нет пирожков -- нет и дружков.
  • When the trouble came all friends fell away.
  •  literal  There are pies -- there are friends, no pies -- no friends.
 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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