Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "nose" 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: nose, bow, prow, point, forepart

Pronunciation: [nohs]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #383 (see frequency list)

She broke her nose during a game of hockey.
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 Example sentences:
  • Она́ разби́ла себе́ нос во вре́мя игры́ в хокке́й.
  • She broke her nose during a game of hockey.
  • Маша сде́лала себе́ пласти́ческую опера́цию на носу́.
  • Masha had plastic surgery on her nose.
  • Челове́к мо́жет дыша́ть но́сом и ртом.
  • A human can breathe through the nose and mouth.
  • У неё зало́жен нос, потому́ что она́ боле́ет.
  • She has a stuffy nose because she is ill.
  • У На́ди нос с горби́нкой.
  • Nadya has an aquiline nose.
  • Кровь из но́са обы́чно быва́ет при высо́ком давле́нии.
  • The nose usually bleeds when the blood pressure is high.
  •  literal  Blood from the nose usually happens with high pressure.
  • В магази́не я столкну́лась с Да́шей нос к но́су.
  • I ran into Dasha face to face in the shop.
  •  literal  In the store, I collided with Dasha nose to nose.
  • По но́су любо́го челове́ка мо́жно определи́ть его́ хара́ктер.
  • One can tell a person's character by his or her nose.
  •  literal  By the nose of any person you can define his character.
  • В де́тстве, у Ро́мы и Па́ши бы́ли одина́ковые глаза, носы́, гу́бы, а сейча́с они́ соверше́нно не похо́жи друг на дру́га.
  • In childhood, Roma and Pasha had the same eyes, noses and lips, but they don't resemble each other nowadays.
  • Ма́ма, где мои́ кра́сные ту́фли с о́стрым но́сом?
  • Mom, where are my red shoes with a pointed toe?

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • на носу́ = near, at hand
      literal  on one's nose
  • ве́шать нос = to be down in the mouth, to be down in the dumps
      literal  to hang one's nose
Case Singular Plural
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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