Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "word" 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.

слово

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Meaning: word, term, speech, address, promise

Pronunciation: [SLOH-vuh]

Part of speech: noun (neuter noun)

Rank: #104 (see frequency list)



The word "слово" typed in Russian font
 Example sentences:
  • Что зна́чит э́то сло́во?
  • What does this word mean?
  • Ни сло́ва не говоря, Тиму́р кивну́л голово́й.
  • Not saying a word, Timour nodded his head.
  • Он повтори́л мой вопро́с сло́во в сло́во.
  • He repeated my question word for word.
  • Я попыта́юсь объясни́ть в не́скольких слова́х.
  • I will try to explain in a few words.
  • Я не верю вашим словам.
  • I don't believe what you say.
  •  literal  I don't believe your words/promises.
  • Это невозмо́жно переда́ть слова́ми.
  • It is impossible to put into words.
  • Эти слова́ прозвуча́ли ка́к-то стра́нно.
  • These words sounded in a strange manner.
  • Она́ говори́ла ме́дленно, подбира́я слова́.
  • She was talking slowly, selecting the [right] words.
  • Пожа́луйста, произнеси́те это сло́во.
  • Please, pronounce this word.
  • Вы сде́лали оши́бку в э́том сло́ве.
  • You made a mistake in this word.
  • По́сле выступле́ния дека́н дал сло́во студента́м.
  • After the speech, the dean gave the floor to students.


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • Одним словом, ... = in short; in a word
  • Словом, ... = in a word
  • слово в слово = word for word
      literal  word in word
  • ни слова = not a word, not a syllable
  • Честное слово! = Honestly!; I'm not kidding!
      literal  honest word
  • другими словами = in other words
  • не то слово = it's not the right word (it's worse/better/different)
  • на словах = by word of mouth; in words
  • игра слов = play on words; pun
  • к слову = by the way
      literal  by word
  • давать слово (+ dative) = to give/pledge one's word; to give the floor
      literal  give word
  • по его словам = according to him
      literal  by his words
  • по словам кого-либо. = according to smb.
  • иными словами = in other words
  • печатное слово = printed word; publications, books, etc.
  • слово дня = word of the day
  • без лишних слов = without beating about the bush
      literal  without unnecessary words
  • бросать слова на ветер = to waste one's words
      literal  throw words to the wind
  • двух слов связать не может = he can't put two words together
  • он за словом в карман не полезет = he is never at a loss for words
      literal  he will not dive to a pocket for a word
  • ловить каждое слово = to hang upon smb's words
      literal  to catch every word
  • словом не обмолвиться = not to breathe a syllable; not to breathe a word
  • не описать словами = it's hard to put into words; words cannot describe this
  • не передать словами = it's hard to put into words; words cannot describe this
  • поймать на слове = to take smb at his/her word
  • взять свои слова обратно = to withdraw one's words
      literal  take one's words back
 Related words:
  • словарь = dictionary
  • словечко = (diminutive form) word
  • словесный = verbal, oral, wordy
  • речь = speech
  • язык = tongue, language
  • буква = letter
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Слово не обух -- в лоб не бьёт.
  • Hard words break no bones.
  • Где много слов, там мало дела.
  • All talk and no action.
  •  literal  Where there are many words, there are few deeds.
  • Не давши слова -- крепись, а давши -- держись.
  • Don't make a promise you can't keep.
  •  literal  Not having given a word try to prevent to promise, but having had given a word be strong.
  • Дела говорят громче слов.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • Слову верь, а дело проверь.
  • Words are the wise man's counters and the fool's money.
  •  literal  Believe to a word, but verify the deed.
  • Меньше слов, больше дела.
  • Less gab and more action.
  •  literal  Less words, more deeds.
  • Ради красного словца не пожалеет ни мать, ни отца.
  • For the sake of an effect word, he won't pity his mother or the Lord.
  • Слово не воробей, вылетит -- не поймаешь.
  • A word is not a sparrow, once it flies out, you won't catch it.
  • Слово -- серебро, молчание -- золото.
  • Word is silver, silence is gold.
  • Красивыми словами сыт не будешь.
  • The belly is not filled with fair words.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Nominativeсло́вослова́
Genitiveсло́васло́в
Dativeсло́вуслова́м
Accusativeсло́вослова́
Instrumentalсло́вомслова́ми
Prepositionalсло́веслова́х
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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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