Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "light " 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: light , easy, slight

Pronunciation: [LYOHKH-kiy]

Part of speech: adjective

Rank: #525 (see frequency list)

Is the suitcase light or heavy?
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 Example sentences:
  • Чемодáн лëгкий и́ли тяжëлый?
  • Is the suitcase light or heavy?
  • Су́мка былá совcéм лëгкая.
  • The bag wasn't heavy at all.
  •  literal  The bag was very light.
  • Нáша рабóта былá лëгкой.
  • Our work was easy.
  • В лëгких брю́ках ты замëрзнешь!
  • You'll be cold with the light trousers on!
  •  literal  You'll freeze in the light trousers!
  • Зáвтрак дóлжен быть лëгким.
  • Breakfast has to be light.
  • Я не ожидáл такóго лëгкого экзáмена.
  • I didn't expect the exam to be so easy.
  • Детекти́вы - э́то лëгкое чтéние.
  • Detective stories are an easy reading.
  • На мóре дул лëгкий ветерóк.
  • A light wind was blowing on the seaside.
  • Егó лëгкий францу́зский акцéнт своди́л меня́ с умá.
  • His slight French accent was driving me crazy.
  • У неë былá лëгкая похóдка и лëгкий харáктер.
  • She has a light step and a sweet temper.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • лёгкий зáработок = easy earnings
      literal  east earning
  • лёгкая добы́ча = easy mark
  • лёгкий акцéнт = slight accent
  • лёгкое винó = light wine
  • лёгкое замешáтельство = slight confusion
  • лёгкая похóдка = light step
  • лёгким движéнием руки́ = with a subtle movement
      literal  with a light hand movement
  • лёгкая му́зыка = light music
      literal  light music
  • лёгкое чтéние = light reading
  • лёгкие нрáвы = lax morals
  • лёгкий зáвтрак = light breakfast
  • лёгкая атлéтика = track and field athletics
      literal  light athletics
  • лёгкие дéньги = easy money
  • лёгкая промы́шленность = light industry
  • с вáшей лёгкой руки́ = following your example
      literal  with your light hand
  • лёгок на поми́не! = talk of the devil
      literal  easy to mention
  • лёгкий на подъём = light on one's feet
      literal  light to lift
  • жéнщина лёгкого поведéния = woman of easy virtue
      literal  woman of easy behaviour
  • с лёгким пáром! = I hope you've enjoyed your bath!
      literal  with a light steam!
  • лéгче лёгкого = as easy as can be
      literal  easier than easy
 Related words:
  • легкó = easily, lightly, slightly
  • простóй = easy, simple
  • лëгкие = lungs

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

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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