Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "heavy" 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: heavy, diffucult, hard

Pronunciation: [tee-ZHOH-liy]

Part of speech: adjective

Rank: #396 (see frequency list)

The bag is very heavy.
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 Example sentences:
  • Су́мка о́чень тяжёлая.
  • The bag is very heavy.
  • Ничего́, чемода́н не о́чень тяжёлый, cамá донесу́.
  • That's ok, the suitcase is not that heavy, I can сarry it myself.
  •  literal  Nothing, the suitcase is not very heavy, I can сarry it myself.
  • Извини́, у меня́ был тяжёлый день.
  • Sorry, I've just had a hard day.
  • Больно́й в тяжёлом состоя́нии.
  • The patient's condition is very serious.
  •  literal  The patient is in a serious condition.
  • У неё тяжёлый хара́ктер.
  • She's hard to get on with.
  •  literal  She has a difficult character.
  • Шахтёры рабо́тают в тяжёлых усло́виях.
  • Miners work in tough conditions.
  • Я вы́шел из óфиса с тяжёлым чу́вством.
  • I went out of the office with a heavy heart.
  •  literal  I went out of the office with a heavy feeling.
  • Смерть ма́тери была́ для него́ тяжёлым уда́ром.
  • His mother's death was a heavy blow for him.
  • Не ешь жи́рную тяжёлую пи́щу, тебе́ нельзя́.
  • Stop eating fatty junk food, you shouldn't do it.
  •  literal  Don't eat fatty heavy food, it's not allowed to you.
  • От жары́ голова́ ста́ла тяжёлой.
  • The head got heavy because of heat.
  • Разви́та ли тяжёлая промы́шленность в Росси́и?
  • Is heavy industry developed in Russia?
  • Да уж, то́чно, тяжёлый слу́чай! Сейча́с уже́ ничего́ не испра́вишь!
  • Yes, you're quite right, bad news! You can't do anything about it now.
  •  literal  Yes, you're quite right, difficult case! You can't do anything about it now.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • тяжёлый груз = heavy load
  • тяжёлый удáр = heavy blow
  • тяжёлые рóды = difficult birth / delivery
  • тяжёлая болéзнь = serious illness
      literal  hard illness
  • тяжёлое состоя́ние = grave condition
  • тяжёлые мы́сли = gloomy thoughts
      literal  heavy thoughts
  • с тяжёлым чу́вством = with a heavy heart
  • тяжёлый зáпах = heavy smell
  • тяжёлая промы́шленность = heavy industry
  • тяжёлая артиллéрия = heavy artillery
  • тяжёлая пи́ща = heavy food
  • тяжёлая атлéтика = weigtlifting
  • тяжёлый слу́чай = bad news
      literal  heavy case
  • быть тяжёлым на подъём = be sluggish
  • рукá тяжëлая = be unlucky
      literal  heavy hand
  • в тяжëлой фóрме = in bad condition (illness)
      literal  in heavy form
 Related words:
  • тру́дный = difficult
  • тяжелó = hard, difficult (adverb)
  • тя́жесть = weight, gravity
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Тяжела́ ты, ша́пка Мономáха! (А.С.Пушкин)
  • Power is a heavy load.
  •  literal  How heavy you are, Monomakh hat! (A.S.Pushkin)
  • Тяжела́ рабо́та, да хлеб сла́док.
  • Work is hard, but bread is sweet.
  • Ма́ленькие де́тки тяжелы́ на коле́нях, а больши́е - на се́рдце.
  • Small children are heavy on your knees, but big children, on your heart.

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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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