Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "man" in Russian

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Meaning: man, male

Pronunciation: [moozh-SHIH-nah]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #381 (see frequency list)

Look, what a tall man!
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 Example sentences:
  • Посмотри́, какóй высóкий мужчи́на!
  • Look, what a tall man!
  • Твой муж – красáвец-мужчи́на.
  • Your husband is a handsome man.
  • Мужчи́на! Вы за кем стои́те?
  • Sir, who comes before you? (addressing a man in the line)
  •  literal  Man, who are you standing behind? (in the line)
  • Восьмóго мáрта мужчи́ны дáрят жéнщинам цветы́.
  • On the 8th of March men give flowers to women.
  • Мне не везëт с мужчи́нами.
  • I do not have luck with men.
  • В то врéмя он был ужé женáтым мужчи́ной.
  • He was already married at the time.
  •  literal  He was already a married man at the time.
  • Жéнщины поздравля́ют мужчи́н двáдцать трéтьего февраля́.
  • Women congratulate men on the 23rd of February.
  • Мáма, я вы́йду зáмуж тóлько за cи́льного, настоя́щего мужчи́ну!
  • Mum, I will only marry a strong, real man!
  • Ви́дно бы́ло, что в дóме нет мужчи́ны.
  • You could see there was no man in the house.
  •  literal  It was seen there was no man in the house.
  • Престу́пник был мужчи́ной срéдних лет.
  • The criminal was a middle-aged man.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • поговори́ть как мужчи́на с мужчи́ной = to have a man-to-man talk with smb
  • настоя́щий мужчи́на = a real man
  • стать мужчи́ной = to mature
 Related words:
  • мáльчик = a boy
  • ю́ноша = a young man
  • молодóй человéк = a young man
  • мужскóй = man, male (adjective)
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Instrumentalмужчи́ной, мужчи́ноюмужчи́нами

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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