Blin - Meaning in Russian

Russian word of the day | May 02, 2018
блин
[ bleen ]
Noun , masculine, plural - блины́
pancake, blin; (slang) damn it!
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Interesting information about the word "blin"

Blin is the mildest Russian swear word. Even children are allowed to use it.

Literally blin means pancake. But most often blin is used as an euphemism for a very rude Russian word "blyat". In that sense, it expresses a wide range of emotions, mostly negative: disappointment, frustration or distress. The closest translation to that would be damn!

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

Examples of "Blin" in Russian

  • 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 blin comes out lumpy.)

  • 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?!

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Additional examples

More Russian sentences with the words that contain "блин".

  • 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 blini (were eating greedily behind both cheeks).

  • Де́ти уплета́ли блины́ так, что за уша́ми треща́ло.

    dyé-tee up-lee-tá-lee blee-ný tak, chto za u-shá-mee tree-schá-la

    Children were eating blini greedily.

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