Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "head" 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: head, mind, brains, chief, master

Pronunciation: [gah-lah-VAH]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #91 (see frequency list)

An image of a human head
by Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator, licensed under CCA-2.5 2006
 Example sentences:
  • Она́ мо́ет го́лову ка́ждый день.
  • She washes her head every day.
  • У меня́ боли́т голова́.
  • I have a headache.
  •  literal  At me head aches.
  • У него́ в голове́ не́ было ни одно́й мы́сли.
  • There was not a single thought in his mind.
  • По обы́чаю, же́нщинам нельзя́ входи́ть в правосла́вную це́рковь с непокры́той голово́й.
  • According to the custom, women should not enter the Orthodox church bare-headed.
  • Со́лнце стои́т высоко́ над голово́й.
  • The sun is high above the head.
  • Он сам себе́ голова́.
  • He is his own master.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • человек с головой = a bright person; a man with brains
      literal  a man with head
  • на свежую голову = with a fresh head
      literal  on a fresh head
  • пустая голова = empty pate
      literal  empty head
  • смелая голова = bold spirit
      literal  brave head
  • голову давать на отсечение = to stake one's head / life
  • головой ручаться за кого-либо = to answer for somebody with one's life
  • вбить себе в голову = to take into one's head
  • с головы до ног = from head to foot, from top to toe
  • выдать себя с головой = to give oneself away
  • не выходить из головы = not go out of one’s mind
  • ломать голову = to rack one’s brains
  • бежать сломя голову = to run headlong
  • потерять голову = to lose one's head
  • ударять в голову = to rush to the head; to go to one's head; to hit
  • Выше голову! = Chin up!
  • повесить голову = to hang one's head
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Хлеб всему голова.
  • Bread is the stuff of life. / Bread - whole head!
  • Одна голова — хорошо, а две — лучше.
  • Two heads are better than one.
 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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