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чувак  [choo-VAK] (masculine noun) – dude, man, guy

А кто этот чувак? Ты его раньше здесь видел? = Who is that guy? Have you seen him here before?

У тебя что, чувак, совсем крыша поехала? =  Dude, are you nuts?

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чиновник - an official (4th January 2012)

чиновник  [chi-NOV-nik] (masculine noun) – an official

Президент заявил, что он собирается сократить количество чиновников, работающих  в аппарате правительства. = The President announced that he was going to reduce the number of officials working for the government.

 

The word often has a negative connotation. It comes from "чин" = a rank.

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