Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "boy" in Russian

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Meaning: boy

Pronunciation: [MAHL'-cheek]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #320 (see frequency list)

Do you have a boy or a girl?
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 Example sentences:
  • У вас ма́льчик и́ли де́вочка?
  • Do you have a boy or a girl? (plural or polite "you")
  • Пе́тя ещë ма́ленький ма́льчик.
  • Petia is a small boy yet.
  • Ма́льчики купа́лись в óзере.
  • Boys were swimming in the lake.
  • Ма́льчиком он пошëл рабо́тать на фабрику.
  • When he was a little boy, he started working at a factory.
  •  literal  As a boy, he went to work to a factory.
  • Я хочу́ постри́чься под мáльчика.
  • I want to have a short haircut.
  •  literal  I want to have my hair cut as a boy.
  • Он же взро́слый мужчи́на, а ведëт себя́, как мáльчик.
  • He's an adult man already, but he behaves as a boy.
  • Не плачь, ты уже́ не ма́льчик.
  • Don't cry, you're not a small boy anymore.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • ма́льчик на побегушках = gofer
  • ма́льчик для битья́ = whipping boy
  • стри́чься под ма́льчика = have a short haircut
      literal  have a boyish haircut
  • ма́льчик с па́льчик = hop-o'-my-thumb
      literal  a fingerbig boy
 Related words:
  • мальчи́шка = boy (diminutive)
  • мальчи́шеский = boyish
  • пáрень = guy
  • мужчи́на = man
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Слова́ на ма́льчика, но му́жа.
  • There are not the boy's words, but the man's words.
Case Singular Plural

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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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