NADSAT DICTIONARY


alphabet A B C D E F G H I J K L M N 0 P R S T V W Y Z

Nadsat term English translation Origin
A
appy polly loggy apology exaggerated pronunciation of 'apology'

appy polly loggies

B
baboochka old woman бабушка | bábuška 'grandmother'
baddiwad bad childish representation of 'bad'
banda band банда | bánda 'gang'
barry place prison from bars on prison windows

barry place

bedways to bed English play on words
bezoomy crazy безумный | bezúmnyj 'insane'
biblio library библиoтека | bibliotéka 'library'
bitva battle битва | bítva 'battle'
blub to weep/cry English onomatopoeic play on words
bog God бог | bog 'God'
bolnoy sick больной | bolnój 'sick'
bolshy big/great большой | bolšój 'big/great'
boohoo/boohoohoo to weep/cry English onomatopoeic play on words
brat/bratty brother брат | brat 'brother'
bratchny bastard брачный | brachny 'matrimonial' — likely a shortened vnebrachny 'out-of-wedlock', even though stripping it of the prefix inverts the meaning
britva razor бритва | brítva 'razor'
brooko belly брюхо | brjúxo 'belly'
brosay/brosat to throw бросай | brosáj 'throw' (imperative)
bugatty rich богатыи | bogátyj 'rich'
C
cables blood vessels English slang
cal crap кал | kal 'feces' (sometimes used as as invective)
cancer cigarette Short for English slang 'cancer stick' (from the disease which smoking is commonly associated with)
cantora office контора | kontóra 'office'
carman pocket карман | karmán 'pocket'
chai tea A word for 'tea' in numerous languages
charles/charlie chaplain a play on Charlie Chaplain
chasha cup чашка | čáška 'cup'
chasso guard часовой | časovój 'guard'
cheena woman женщина | žénšcina 'woman'
cheest to wash чистить | čístit 'to clean'
chelloveck person/man человек | čelovék 'person/man'
chepooka nonsense чепуха | čepuxá 'nonsense'
choodessny wonderful чудесный | čudésnyj 'wonderful'
chumble to mutter English portmanteau of 'chatter' & 'mumble'
clop to knock хлопать | xlópat 'to clap'
cluve beak клюв | kljuv 'beak'
collocoll bell колокок | kólokol 'bell'
crark to howl English portmanteau of 'crow' & 'bark'
crast to steal/to rob/robbery красть | krast 'to steal'
creech to shout/to scream кричать | kričát 'to shout'
cutter money from Cockney rhyming slang derived from 'bread-and-butter'

cutter

D
dama lady дама | dáma 'dame'
ded/dedoochka old man дед/дедушка | ded/déduška 'grandfather'
deng money деньги | déngi 'money'
devotchka young woman девочка | dévočka 'girl'

devotchka

dobby good добрый | dóbryj 'kind/good'
dook ghost дух | dux 'spirit' (literally)
domy house дом | dom 'house'
dorogoy valuable/expensive дорогой | dorogój 'expensive'
dratsing fighting драться | drátsja 'to fight'
drencrom drug possibly from 'Adrenochrome' (chemical compound produced by oxidation of adrenaline whose derivative, 'Carbazochrome' is a hemostatic medication)
droog friend друг | drug 'friend'

droogies

dung to defecate English slang
dva two два | dva two'
E
eegra game игра | igrá 'game'
eemya name имя | ímja 'name'
eggiwegg egg childish representation of 'egg'
em mother derived from the first letter of 'mother'
esspresso rapido train playful representation of a train's speed
eunuch jelly gutless coward unknown

eunuch jelly

F
fag tire English slang
faggy tired English slang
fashed bothered/annoyed English slang

fashed

filly play with/fool around with English slang
filmdrome cinema unknown
firegold strong drink unknown
fist to punch English slang
flatblack home unknown
forella trout форель | forél 'trout'
fuzzy scratchy unknown
G
gazetta newspaper газета | gazéta 'newspaper'
glazz/glazzies/glazzballs eye/eyes/nipples глаз | glaz 'eye'

glazzies

gloopy stupid глупый | glúpyj 'stupid'

gloopy

glory hair unknown (possibly from pride a person may hold because of hair)
godman priest/chaplain English slang
golly unit of money unknown
goloss voice голос | gólos 'voice'
goober lip губа | gubá 'lip'
gooly to walk гулять | gulját 'to walk'
gorlo throat горло | górlo 'throat'
govoreet to speak говорить | govorít 'to speak'
grahzny/grazzy dirty грязный | grjáznyj 'dirty'
gromky loud громкий | grómkij 'loud'
groody breast грудь/груди | grud/grúdi 'breast/breasts'
gruppa group группа | grúppa 'group'
guff laugh from English 'guffaw'
gulliver head голова | golová 'head'

gulliver

guttiwuts guts childish representation of 'guts'
H
henkorm chickenfeed from English 'hen' + Russian корм | korm 'feed' (literally)
horn to cry out English slang
horrorshow good/well/excellent хорошо | xorošó 'good/well'

horrorshow

hound-and-horny corny unknown (possibly rhyming slang)
I
in-out in-out/the old in and out sexual intercourse from the action involved in sexual intercourse

in and out

interessovat to interest интересовать | interesovát 'to interest'
itty to go идти | idtí 'to go'
J
jammiwam jam childish representation of 'jam'
jeezny life жизнь | žizn 'life'
K
kartoffel potatoes картофель | kartofel 'potato'
kashl cough кашел | kášel 'cough'
keeskas guts кишка | kišká 'guts'
kleb bread хлеб | xleb 'bread'
klootch key ключ | ključ 'key'
knives drugs unknown (possibly because of possible danger related to both)
knopka/knopkavat button/buttoning кнопка | knópka 'button'
kopat to 'dig' (English slang - 'appreciate') копать | kopát 'to dig' (literally)
korova cow корова | koróva 'cow'
koshka/kot cat/tomcat кошка/кот | kóška/kot 'cat/tomcat'
koshtoom clothing костюм | kostjúm 'suit'
krovvy blood кровь | krov 'blood'
kupet to buy купить | kupít 'to buy'
L
lapa paw лапа | lápa 'paw'
lewdies people люди | ljúdi 'people'
lighter old woman/crone unknown
litso face лицо | líco 'face'
lomtick piece/bit ломтик | lómtik 'slice'

lomticks

luna moon A word for 'moon' in numerous languages
loveted caught лоhить | lovít 'to catch'
lubbilubbing to make love любить | ljubít 'to love'
M
malchick boy мальчик | málčik 'boy'
malenky little/tiny маленький | málenkij 'small'
maslo butter масло | máslo 'butter'
merzky filthy мерзкий | mérzkij 'vile/disgusting' (literally)
messel thought/fancy мысль | mysl 'thought'
mesto place место | mésto 'place'
mewler/mowler to meow from English 'meow'
millicents police милиционер | milicionér 'a militsiya (used as an official name of the civilian police in several former communist states) officer' (literally)
minoota minute минута | minúta 'minute'
molodoy young молодой | molodój 'young'
moloka milk молоко | molokó 'milk'
moloko plus milk laced with drugs ('drencrom/systhemesc/vellocet' - Nadsat names for imaginary drugs conjured up for the novel) 'plus' was added to 'moloko' to imply there is extra ingredients (drugs)
moodge man муж | muž 'husband' (archaic)
morder snout морда | mórda 'snout'
mounch to snack play on English 'munch'
muny-wunching munching childish representation of 'munching'
mozg briain мозг | mozg 'brain'
N
nachinat to begin начинать | načinát 'to begin'
nadmenny arrogant надменный | nadménnyj 'arrogant'
nadsat teenage from -надсать | -nadcat '-teen';
e.g. одиннадцать | odínnadcat 'eleven'
двенадцать | dvenádcat 'twelve'
тринадцать | trinádcat 'thirteen'
nagoy naked нагой | nagój 'naked'
nazz fool назад | nazád 'backward'
neezhnies underpants нижнее бельё | nížneje beljó 'underwear'
nochy night ночь | noč 'night'
nogas feet/legs нога | nogá 'legs'
nozh knife нож | nož 'knife'
nuking smelling нюхать | njúxat 'smell/sniff'
O
oddy knocky no one's own одинокий | odinókij 'lonesome' (literally)
odin one один | odín 'one'
okno window окно | oknó 'window'
oobivat to kill убивать | ubivát 'to kill'
ookadeet to leave уходить | uxodít 'to leave'
ooko ear ухо | úxo 'ear'
oomny brain умный | úmnyj 'clever'
oozhassny terrible ужасный | užásnyj 'terrible'
oozy chain узь | úzy 'shackles'
orange man/person from Malay 'orang' meaning 'man'
osoosh to wipe осушать | osušát 'to dry'
otchkies eyeglasses очки | očkí 'eyeglasses'
P
pee and em father and mother from the first letter of 'father' & 'mother'
peet to drink пить | pit 'to drink'
pishcha food пища | píšča 'food'
platch to cry плач | plač (noun) 'cry'
platties clothes платье | plátje 'clothes'
pletcho shoulder плечо | plečó 'shoulder'
plenny prisoner пленный | plénnyj 'captive'
plesk splash плеск | plesk 'splash'
plosh splash onomatpoeic play on words
plot body плоть | plot 'flesh'
podooshka pillow подушка | podúška 'pillow'
poison person phonetic approximation of person in a Cockney accent
pol sex пол | pol 'gender'
polezny useful полезный | poléznyj 'useful'
polyclef skeleton key clef is French for 'key'; poly- is Greek, meaning 'many'
pony to understand понимать | ponimát 'to understand'
poogly frightened пугливь | puglívyj 'easily scared'
pooshka gun пушка | púška 'cannon' (slang for gun)
prestoopnik criminal престурник | prestúpnik 'criminal'
pretty polly money unknown
privodeet to lead somewhere приводить | privodít 'to lead'
prod to produce продукция | prodúkcija 'to produce'
ptitsa girl пдица | ptíca 'bird' ( bird is English slang for 'woman')
punchipunching punching childish representation of 'punching'
pyahnitsa drunk пьяница | pjánica 'drunk'
R
rabbit work работа | rabóta 'job'
radosty joy радость | rádost 'joy'
raskazz story рассказ | rasskáz 'story'
rassodock mind рассудок | rassúdok 'reason/sense'

rassoodocks

raz time раз | raz 'time' (meaning occurence; eg. one time, two times)
razdraz to annoy раздражать | razdražát 'to annoy'
razrez to rip/ripping разрез | razréz 'a cut'
rookerful handful рука | ruká 'hand'
rook/rooker hand/arm рука | ruká 'hand'
rot mouth рот | rot 'mouth'
rozz policeman rozzer is Cockney slang for 'policeman'
S
sabog shoe сапог | sapóg 'boot'
sakar sugar сахар | sáxar 'sugar'
sammy generous '(Good) Samaritan' (Bible Story)
sarky sarcastic phonetic play on words
scoteena beast/cow скотина | skotína 'cattle'
shaika gang шайка | šájka 'gang'
sharp female unknown
sharries buttocks шары | šarý 'spheres/marbles'
shest barrier шест | šest 'pole'
shilarny concern unknown
shive slice unknown
shiyah neck шея | šéja 'neck'
shlem helmet шлем | šlem 'helmet'
shlaga club/bat German 'Schläger', meaning 'club/bat' (literally meaning hitter)
shlagnicked clubbed 'shlaga' + -ник | -ník (Russian diminutive)
shlapa hat шляпа | šljápa 'hat'
shoom noise оум | šum 'noise'
shoot fool шут | šut 'clown/jester'
shvat to take схватить | sxvatít 'to grab'
sinny cinema/film кино | kinó 'cinema'
skazat to say сказать | skazát 'to say'
skolliwoll school childish representation of 'school'
skorry quick скорый | skóryj 'quick'
skriking scratching portmanteau of 'strike' & 'scratch'
skvat to grab скватить | sxvatít 'to grab'
sladky/sladkvat sweet/sweetest скадкий | sládkij 'sweet'
sloochat to happen случаться | slučátsja 'to happen'
sloosh/slooshy to listen/to hear слушать | slúšat 'to listen'
slovo word слово | slóvo 'word'
smeck laugh смех | smex 'laughter'
smot to look смотреть | smotrét 'to look'
sneety dream сниться | snítsja 'to dream'
snoutie tobacco from 'snout' (English prison slang for 'tobacco/cigarette')
sobirat to pick up собирать | sobirát 'to pick up'
soomka old woman сумка | súmka 'bag' (bag is English slang for 'old woman')

soomka

sooka whore сшка | súka 'bitch'
soviet advice/order совет | sovét 'a piece of advice' (literally)
spat/spatchka to sleep спать | spat 'to sleep'
spoogy terrified испуганный | ispúgannyj 'terrified'
staja prison cell from the beginning of the words 'state' & 'jail'
steaky wake beef steak childish representation of the word 'steak'
starry old/ancient старый | stáryj 'old'
strack horror страх | strax 'fear'
stripey hole prison from appearance of barred windows
synthemesc drug unknown possibly 'synthetic mescaline'
T
tally waist талия | tálija 'waist'
tashtook handkerchief from German 'Tashentuch' meaning 'pocket cloth'
tass cup from German 'tasse' meaning 'cup'
this nochy tonight ночь | noč 'night'
tick-tocker heart from the beating of a heart
timps drums from English 'timani'
tolchock to push/hit толчок | tolčók 'to push'

tolchok

toofles slippers туфли | túfli 'shoes'
tree three три | tri 'three'
V
vareet to cook up варить | varít 'to cook by boiling' (literally)
vaysay washroom from French pronunciation of 'WC' (water closet)
veck person/man/fellow человек | čelovék 'person'
vehina/vino wine вино | vinó 'wine'
vellocet drug unknown probably fabricated; '-cet' is a common ending of painkillers (e.g., percocet, ultracet); possibly from 'speed' (velocity), which is slang for the drug 'amphetamine'
veshch thing вещь | vešč 'thing'
viddy to see видеть | vídet 'to see'

viddy

voloss hair волос | vólos 'a hair'
von smell вонь | von 'stench'
vred to damage вред | vred 'to harm'
W
warbles song/recording from the English word 'warble' meaning to sing when used in reference to birds
worldcast satellite TV/radio croadcast portmanteau of 'world' & 'broadcast'
Y
yahma hole яма | jáma 'hole'
yahzick tongue язык | jazýk 'tongue'
yarbles/yarblockos testicles яблоко | jábloko 'apple'

yarblockos

yeckate drive ехат | jéxat 'to go' (by vehicle)
Z
zemmechat remarkable замечательно | zamečátelno 'remarkably'
zasnoot to sleep заснуть | zasnút 'to fall asleep'
zheena wife жена | žená 'wife'
zoobies teeth зубы | zúby 'teeth'
zvonock doorbell звонок | zvonók 'doorbell'
zvoock sound звук | zvuk 'sound'

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