Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "foot" 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: foot, leg

Pronunciation: [nah-GAH]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #124 (see frequency list)

Female legs, Photo 2004 (c) Matthew Bowden
 Example sentences:
  • У неё краси́вые но́ги.
  • She has beautiful legs.
  • Анто́н сел в кре́сло и положи́л но́ги на стол.
  • Anton sat in the chair and put his feet on the table.
  • У него́ боли́т нога́.
  • His leg hurts. (His foot hurts.)
  • Он усе́лся в кре́сло, заки́нув но́гу на́ ногу.
  • He seated himself into the chair with his legs crossed.
  • Под нога́ми тя́нется тропи́нка.
  • The path stretches under [one's] feet.
  • Но́вые боти́нки натёрли но́ги.
  • New boots rubbed [one's] feet sore.
  • На́до отсю́да но́ги де́лать.
  • [We] need to get out of here.
  •  literal  Need to make legs out of here.
  • Сего́дня я с шести́ утра́ на нога́х.
  • I've been up and awake since 6 a.m.
  • Она́ сиде́ла с нога́ми в углу́ дива́на.
  • She was sitting in the corner of the sofa with her legs tucked.
  • Макси́м положи́л рюкза́к под но́ги.
  • Maxim put the backpack under his feet.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • положить ногу на ногу = to cross one's legs
      literal  put leg on leg
  • закидывать ногу на ногу = to cross one's legs
      literal  throw leg on leg
  • вверх ногами = head over heels; upside down
      literal  [with] legs upwards
  • со всех ног = as fast as one can
      literal  off all legs
  • с головы до ног = from head to foot
  • идти в ногу (+ instrumental) = to keep pace (with)
      literal  go in leg
  • идти не в ногу = to get out of step
      literal  go not in leg
  • поднять всех на ноги = to raise a general alarm
      literal  raise everybody on legs
  • стать на ноги = to find one's feet; become independent
      literal  stand on legs
  • путаться под ногами = to mess across one's course
      literal  to meddle under legs
  • нога за ногу заплетается = to be falling off one's feet
      literal  a leg behind a leg plaits
  • Связать по рукам и ногам. = To bind somebody hand and foot
  • Твёрдо стоять на ногах. = To stand on one's own two feet.
  • уносить ноги = to take to one's heels; to pull foot
      literal  to carry legs [away]
  • Встать с левой ноги. = To get up with one's wrong foot foremost.
  • протянуть ноги = to depart this life; to die
      literal  to stretch legs
  • одна нога здесь, другая там = in a quick manner; immediately; fast
      literal  one leg here, another there
  • жить на широкую ногу = to live in grand style
      literal  to live on a broad leg
  • ни в зуб ного́й = to understand / know nothing; to be incompetent
      literal  not in a tooth with a leg
  • ноги в руки = in a manner when someone quickly summons his/her strength; starts something with a vigor
      literal  legs in hands
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Взяв руками, не отдают ногами.
  • Omittance is no quittance.
  •  literal  Having taken with hands, don't return with legs.
  • Земля горит под ногами.
  • The ground is slipping from under one's feet.
  •  literal  The ground burns under one's feet.
  • Конь о четырёх ногах, да и тот спотыкается.
  • A horse stumbles that has four legs.
  • Ложь на гнилых ногах ходит.
  • Lies have short legs.
  •  literal  Lies walks on rotten legs.
  • Волка ноги кормят.
  • A hound's food is in its legs.
  •  literal  Legs feed the wolf.
  • Посади свинью за стол, она и ноги на стол.
  • Ask a pig to sit at the dinner table it will put its legs on the table.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Instrumentalного́й (ного́ю)нога́ми
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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