Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "no" 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: no, none

Pronunciation: [nee-kuh-KOY]

Part of speech: pronoun

Rank: #216 (see frequency list)

There are no wild animals in the forest, don't be afraid!
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 Example sentences:
  • Каку́ю кни́гу ты хо́чешь купи́ть? Никаку́ю!
  • What book do you want to buy? None of them!
  •  literal  What book do you want to buy? None!
  • Вы не име́ете никако́го пра́ва меня́ оскорбля́ть!
  • You have absolutely no right to insult me!
  • Нет никако́го сомне́ния, что магази́н огра́били и́менно они́.
  • There's no doubt that it was them who robbed the shop.
  •  literal  Not any doubt, that store robbed namely them.
  • Никаки́х ди́ких звере́й в ле́су нет, не бо́йся!
  • There are no wild animals in the forest, don't be afraid!
  • Ваш сын не име́ет никако́го представле́ния о геогра́фии Росси́и.
  • Your son has no idea about Russian geography.
  • Он никако́й не врач, а шарлата́н.
  • He's no doctor at all, but a fraud.
  • Она́ всë приду́мала: ни в како́й Брази́лии она́ не была́!
  • She just invented everything: of course, she hasn't been to Brazil!
  •  literal  She just invented everything: she hasn't been to any Brazil!
  • Я сего́дня совсе́м никака́я!
  • I'm feeling really bad today.
  • Расска́з получи́лся про́сто никако́й.
  • The story came out completely unremarkable.
  • Пошли́ в магази́н, без никаки́х!
  • Let's go shopping and no arguments!
  • Пошли́ в магази́н, и никаких "но"!
  • Let's go shopping and no "buts" about it!
  • Мо́жет, специали́ст он хоро́ший, но нача́льник из него́ никако́й.
  • He's probably a good specialist, but he's a very bad boss.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • никаки́х возраже́ний = no objections at all
  • никаки́х сомне́ний = no doubts
  • не име́ть никако́го пра́ва = have absolutely no right
  • не име́ть никако́го представле́ния = have no idea
  • нет никаки́х следо́в = no traces whatsoever
  • никаки́м о́бразом = by no means
  • без никаки́х = and no arguments
  • ни в каку́ю = difficult to force smb to do smth
  • ни под каки́м ви́дом = by no means
      literal  by no appearance
  • никаких "но" = no "buts" about it
  • не иметь никакого веса/значения = count for nothing, have no significance
      literal  not have any weight/meaning
  • И никаких гвоздей! = And that's it!
      literal  and no nails
 Related words:
  • плохо́й = bad
  • никто́ = nobody
  • ничто́ = nothing

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

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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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