Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "shoulder" 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: shoulder

Pronunciation: [plee-CHOH]

Part of speech: noun (neuter noun)

Rank: #241 (see frequency list)

Zhenia had a big tattoo on his right shoulder.
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 Example sentences:
  • У меня́ боли́т плечó.
  • My schoulder hurts.
  • Что у мáмы с плечóм?
  • What is wrong with mom's shoulder?
  • У Жéни на прáвом плечé былá большáя татуирóвка.
  • Zhenia had a big tattoo on his right shoulder.
  •  literal  There was a big tattoo on Zhenia's right shoulder.
  • Мы шли плечóм к плечу́, как настоя́щие друзья́.
  • We were going shoulder to schoulder as real friends.
  • Он нéжно обня́л еë за плéчи.
  • He tenderly put his arms around her shoulders,
  • Пëтр Семëнович тóлько пожáл плечáми.
  • Piotr Semionovich only shrugged his shoulders.
  • Дед Морóз нócит мешóк за плечáми.
  • Ded Moroz (Russian Santa Claus) carries a big sack on his shoulders.
  • Вся рабóта по дóму лежи́т на мои́х плечáх.
  • I'm responsible for all the housework.
  •  literal  All the housework lies on my shouders.
  • Он был ширóк в плечáх.
  • He had broad shoulders.
  •  literal  He was broad in shoulders.
  • Наконéц-то я свали́ла егó c плеч!
  • I finally got rid of him!
  •  literal  I finally knocked him down from my shoulders!
  • Ду́маю, у э́того пальтó cтóит переши́ть плéчи.
  • I think it would be better to alter the shoulders of the coat.
  • Сáша был одéт с чужóго плечá.
  • Sasha wore second-hand clothes.
  •  literal  Sasha wore clothes from somebody else's shoulder.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • плечóм к плечу́ = shoulder to shoulder
  • горá c плеч свали́лась = a load's been taken off one's mind
      literal  a mountain fell down one's shoulder
  • имéть гóлову на плечáх = to have a good head on one's shoulders
      literal  to have a head on one's shoulders
  • c плeч долóй = that's done
      literal  off one's shoulders
  • э́то ему́ не по плечу́ = he's not up to it
  • c чужóго плечá = second-hand
      literal  from somebody else's shoulder
  • по плечу́ = within one's abilities; possible to complete
      literal  at shoulder
 Related words:
  • рукá = an arm, hand
  • плéчико = a small shoulder, clothe's shoulder
  • плечевóй = shoulder (adjective)
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Рот нараспáшку, язык на плечé.
  • My tongue is my worst enemy
  •  literal  Mouth is wide open and tongue's on the shoulder.
  • Не гляди́, какóв в плечáх - слу́шай, какóв в речáх.
  • Don't pay attention to one's shoulders, but pay attention to the way one speaks.
  •  literal  Don't look how is one in his shoulders, but listen to his speeches.
  • Былá бы головá на плечáх, а хлеб бу́дет.
  • Once you have a good head on your shoulders, you'll have food.
  •  literal  Once you have a head on your shoulders, you'll have bread.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural

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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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