болтать

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *bьltati. Cognate with Polish bełtać (to stir).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [bɐɫˈtatʲ]
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Verb[edit]

болта́ть (boltátʹimpf

  1. to dangle
    На подоко́ннике сиде́л и болта́л нога́ми в джи́нсах соверше́нно незнако́мый дя́дька.
    Na podokónnike sidél i boltál nogámi v džínsax soveršénno neznakómyj djádʹka.
    On the window sill sat a complete stranger, in jeans, dangling his feet.
  2. to shake, to rock, to stir
  3. (dated) to stir, to mix, to beat
    Ли́та на мгнове́ние да́же переста́ла болта́ть ло́жкой похлёбку.
    Líta na mgnovénije dáže perestála boltátʹ lóžkoj poxljóbku.
    Lita in an instant even stopped beating her soup with a spoon.
  4. (colloquial, derogatory) to babble, to talk needlessly or endlessly
    • 1941, Soviet wartime propaganda poster:
      Будь на чеку, в такие дни подслушивают стены. Недалеко от болтовни и сплетни / До измены. / Не болтай!
      Budʹ na čeku, v takije dni podslušivajut steny. Nedaleko ot boltovni i spletni / Do izmeny. / Ne boltaj!
      Be on your guard, at such days even walls may do eavesdropping. It's not as far from chattering and gossip / to a treason./ Don't chatter!
  5. (colloquial) to converse

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