Blin - Meaning in Russian

Blin is a very interesting Russian word.

Literally blin means pancake. But most often blin is used as an euphemism for a very rude Russian word “blyad“. In that sense, it is used to express a wide range of emotions, such as dissapointment, frustration or distress. The closest translation to that would be damn!

In Cyrillic blin it’s written блин.

If you like, you can learn more about how to make Russian blini here.

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блин [bleen] Noun , masculine , plural - блины́
pancake; (slang) damn it!

Examples of Blin in Russian

  • Блин, ну ско́лько мо́жно повторя́ть одно́ и то же!

    bleen, nu skól'-ka mózh-na pav-ta-ryát' ad-nó ee to zhe

    Damn it, how many times do I have to repeat the same thing?!

  • Го́сти уплета́ли блины́ за о́бе щёки.

    gós-tee up-lee-tá-lee blee-ný za ó-bee schyó-kee

    The guests were gobbling down the pancakes (were eating greedily behind both cheeks).

  • Пе́рвый блин комом. (ру́сская погово́рка)

    pyér-vyî bleen kó-mam

    ≈ It's the first step that is troublesome. / You must spoil before you spin. (russian proverb, lit. - The first pancake comes out lumpy.)

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2 thoughts on “Blin

  1. A comment from a native speaker.

    “Blin” has the only meaning of pancake.

    The word is used colloquially as a euphemism for a very rude “blyad’!” in the very same situations (frustration, dissappointment, anger). “Blyad’!” is one of the Russian “mat” words, and uttering it in public is not only rude, but also persecuted by law. “Blin” is considered a lot less rude, and even little kids may not get reprimanded for saying it.

    The only reason it is used this way is the same letters in the beginning of both words: “BL-“.
    Same thing happens with a quite normal Russian word “blyaha” (belt buckle).

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