Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "finger" in Russian

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Meaning: finger, toe, pin

Pronunciation: [PAH-lits]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #254 (see frequency list)

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 Example sentences:
  • Серге́й случа́йно поре́зал па́лец.
  • Sergey accidentally cut his finger.
  • Осторо́жно! Не уда́рь себя́ молотко́м по па́льцу.
  • Be careful not to hit your finger with the hammer!
  •  literal  Carefully! Not hit yourself with a hammer by a finger.
  • Ка́ждый па́лец руки име́ет своё назва́ние.
  • Every finger on the hand has its own name.
  • На него́ всегда́ пока́зывают па́льцем.
  • People are always pointing the finger of scorn at him.
  •  literal  They always point a finger at him.
  • Обруча́льное кольцо́ но́сят на безымя́нном па́льце.
  • The wedding ring is worn on the ring finger.
  • Он слома́л па́льцы в ава́рии.
  • He broke his fingers in an accident.
  • Его́ заста́вили сдава́ть отпеча́тки па́льцев.
  • They made him submit his fingerprints.
  • Нас по па́льцам мо́жно сосчита́ть.
  • We can be counted on one's fingers.
  • Ната́ша расчеса́ла во́лосы па́льцами.
  • Natasha combed her hair using fingers.
  • Он прищеми́л па́лец две́рью.
  • He pinched his finger in the door.
  •  literal  He pinched finger by the door.
  • Он показа́л па́льцем на дверь.
  • He pointed his finger to the door.
  • У мое́й маши́ны стуча́т па́льцы при разго́не.
  • My car pins make a knocking noise during acceleration.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • указа́тельный па́лец = index finger, forefinger
      literal  pointing finger
  • по па́льцам мо́жно сосчита́ть = smth can be counted on the fingers of one hand
  • знать как свои́ пять па́льцев = to know like the back of one's hand
      literal  to know like one's five fingers
  • большо́й па́лец = thumb; big toe
      literal  big finger
  • пока́зывать па́льцем на кого-либо = to judge smb, to point the finger of scorn at smb
      literal  to point a finger at smb
  • сре́дний па́лец = middle finger
  • безымя́нный па́лец = ring-fnger
      literal  nameless finger
  • смотре́ть сквозь па́льцы на что-либо = to look through one's fingers at smth
  • па́лец о па́лец не уда́рить = not to lift a finger
      literal  not to strike a finger by a finger
  • па́льцем не шевельну́ть = not to lift a finger
      literal  not to move a finger
  • обвести́ вокру́г па́льца = to cheat, to deceive
      literal  to lead around a finger
  • пока́зывать / ука́зывать па́льцем (на + accusative) = to point one’s finger at
  • прищеми́ть себе́ па́лец = to pinch one's finger
  • прищеми́ть па́лец две́рью = to pinch one's finger in the door
 Related words:
  • па́льчик = finger (diminutive form)
  • рука́ = arm, hand
  • нога́ = leg
  • мизи́нец = little finger, little toe
     Other forms of the word (declensions):
    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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