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English translation: grandmother; granny

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15:22 Sep 16, 2000
Russian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Russian term or phrase: babushka
i don't know the correct spelling of the word but, this is what it sounds like to me Ba-boo-shka. I also don't know what it means, I would like the correct spelling and the meaning of the word
weenie
English translation:grandmother; granny
Explanation:
Your pronunciation is correct. Although the true meaning of this word is "grandmother," the North American mainstream press uses this word to describe the flowery headkerchiefs that old women typically wear in Russia, Ukraine, and other ex-Soviet republics.
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Marta Olynyk
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Local time: 00:16
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Summary of answers provided
na1. grandmother 2. shawlDiane Fontainebleau Pochй
na1) granny; 2)old ladyxxxDm_Ch
naGrandmother; grandmamma; grandma; granny
Alexander Alexandrov
naGrandmother, grandma, grannyAnna Broderick
na1. Grandmother, grandma, granny 2. Old woman 3. Shawl, kerchiefvip
nagrandmother; grannyMarta Olynyk


  

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21 mins
grandmother; granny


Explanation:
Your pronunciation is correct. Although the true meaning of this word is "grandmother," the North American mainstream press uses this word to describe the flowery headkerchiefs that old women typically wear in Russia, Ukraine, and other ex-Soviet republics.


    Russian-English Dictionary, Moscow, 1977 + experience
Marta Olynyk
Canada
Local time: 00:16
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39 mins
1. Grandmother, grandma, granny 2. Old woman 3. Shawl, kerchief


Explanation:
Pronounciation: Ba-'boo-shka
Spelling: Babushka
Russian spellings:
1. Бабушка
2. Бабушка, бабка
3. Платок, косынка

vip
PRO pts in pair: 15
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4 hrs
Grandmother, grandma, granny


Explanation:
The spelling is correct: [babooshka]. It is the duminutive of "grandmother". Also in Russia you can say "бабушка" for an old woman.

Anna Broderick
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18 hrs
Grandmother; grandmamma; grandma; granny


Explanation:
Another meaning of this word in Russian is "old woman".
If you heard it from Americans or some other western visitors of Russia, it most surely meant "kerchif" (with the accent on the second syllable [ba - bOO-shka], while in Russian the stress in on the first.


    Russian-English Dictionary (Smirnitsky, 1989, 55000 entries)
    New English-Russian Dictionary (Mednikova, Apresyan, 1993, 250000 words, electronic version) + experience
Alexander Alexandrov
Russian Federation
Local time: 08:16
Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian
PRO pts in pair: 98
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2 days 4 hrs
1. grandmother 2. shawl


Explanation:
If the accent is on the first syllable, it is 1. If the accent falls upon the penultimate syllable, it is 2.

You must use your diacritical marks with the Russian language, as it changes the meaning of the word!

Diane Fontainebleau Pochй
United States
Local time: 21:16
PRO pts in pair: 8
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5 days
1) granny; 2)old lady


Explanation:
Since here discussed is the Russian (not English) term, there are only two meanings: granny and old lady (or woman). Some suggest 'shawl', but Russian word 'babushka' has no such meaning.

xxxDm_Ch
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Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian
PRO pts in pair: 16
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