25 Commonly Used Russian Slang Words

There are lots of words that we use every day but they might confuse strangers. So, let's make it easier to understand. Here's the list of 25 popular Russian slang words explained + examples.

But first, how about watching a video? It would be a good start for this lesson. 


блин

Literal meaning: type of food

This interjection is extremely common. It can be used to express frustration, surprise, anger, happiness or anything.

Блин, я так рада! - Yippee, I'm so glad!

Блин, что ты наделал? - Dang, what have you done?

Блин, мне всё надоело! - Shit, I'm sick of everything!

бабло

money

Originally it was бабки, but now the word бабло is more common.

У него много бабла. - He's got a lot of money.

стрёмный

tacky, unpretty, bland, corny

У неё стрёмное платье. - Her dress is tacky.

Я не пою. У меня стрёмный голос. - I don't sing. My voice is ugly.

классный

great, awesome, cool

Ты такой классный! - You're so cool!

Классный фильм! Мне нравится. - Awesome movie! I love it.

чувак

dude, man.

Ты кто, чувак? - Who are you, dude?

Чувак, тебе не понять. - Dude, wouldn't understand.

Он крутой чувак! - He's a cool man.

There is a feminine version of this word which is чувиха. But it's slightly of old-fashioned. 

гнать

to lie; to drive very fast

Не гони. - Don't lie to me./Slow down.

Ты гонишь, что ли? - Are you kidding?

зашибись

This interjection should be used when something good is happening. But for some reason we do the opposite and mostly use this when we are frustrated.

Ты не сходил в магазин? Зашибись, теперь нам нечего есть. - Didn't you go to the store? Great, now we have nothing to eat. 

There is another (inappropriate) version of this word that is used in a positive sense though.

тачка

car

Классная тачка, чувак! - Your car is cool, dude!

тупой

stupid

Какой же ты тупой! - You're sooooo stupid!

We also use a noun тупица to describe a stupid person. And a verb тупить:

Не тупи. - Think fast/Don't be stupid.

свинья 

Literal meaning: pig

an untidy person (also: поросёнок)

У тебя все ботинки грязные. Вот свинья! - Your boots are all dirty. You're a pig!

Ты как поросёнок. Умойся. - You're like a pig. Wash your face.

Свинья can also mean a bad person:

Ты неблагодарная свинья! - You're an ungrateful swine!

щас

short for сейчас (now)

Я щас приду. - I'll be right there.

We only use it in speaking, not in writing (maybe in messaging with friends).

батя

father

Это батя мой. - This is my father.

париться

to worry

Да не парься ты! - Don't worry! Take it easy.

Запариться mean to be tired.

Я запарился уже ждать. - I'm already tired of waiting.

башка

head

Подними башку и посмотри! - Raise your head and look!

хорош

enough

Хорош, перестань. - It's enough, stop.

ага

yes

- Ты придёшь завтра? Will you come tomorrow?

- Ага. (Uh-huh).

реально

really

The adjective реальный is not a slang word, but the adverb реально is only used in informal speaking. In other situations we usually use правда or дейсвительно (formal)

Ты реально актёр? - Are you really an actor?

У неё реально нет денег? - Is she really broke?

няшный

cute, adorable

Твой пёс такой няшный! - Your dog is so cute!

валить

to go away

Вали отсюда!/Свали! - Go away!

Валим отсюда! - Let's get out of here!

прикол

something funny

Это старый прикол. Ты мне его уже рассказывал. - It's an old joke. You've already told me it.

Мне по ошибке перевели на счёт десять тысяч. Прикол! - Someone transfered ten thousand on my account by mistake. Funny! (Interesting!)

We also use прикольно. It's even more common. This adverb means cool, interesting, unusual, etc.

- Как тебе наш город? (What do you think of our city?)

- Ну... здесь прикольно. (Well... it's interesting here.)

зырить

to look

Чего зыришь? - What are you looking at?

видос

video; look (вид)

Посмотри мой видос. - Watch my video.

Что у тебя за видос сегодня? - What kind of look do you have today? (=you look strange).

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