What is the English equivalent for this word?

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    I see that Russian is your native language, so this question is off-topic, because, asking for translations to English is off-topic on this site.
    – Artemix
    Nov 24, 2016 at 18:19

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According to wiktionary:

  1. устар., жарг. то же, что шабалда; болтун, врун, негодный человек.

  2. жарг., пренебр. потаскуха, распутница ◆ А мне все равно, что ты думала, шаболда ты пучеглазая! Владимир Колычев, «Постой, паровоз!», 2007 г. ◆ Мешки под глазами и ярко накрашенные губы красочно дополняли портрет этой привокзальной шаболды.

So, outdated meaning is "someone that talks too much, liar, worthless person" and second, derogatory one - "a slut".

Personally, I have never heard this word in speech.

  • I haven't ever heard this word, too. But "шалава" seems to be a more common word. I suggest to ask in "english language learners" group/forum for the proper translation, since there would be more native english speakers than here.
    – Marat
    Nov 24, 2016 at 16:43
  • But they might not know Russian. Btw we often use it in speech. Nov 24, 2016 at 17:03
  • Personally, I definitely heard this word quite a few times, but never the 1st meaning.
    – Matt
    Nov 24, 2016 at 17:08
  • @Marat Yes, maybe шабалда и шалава are somehow connected.
    – Artemix
    Nov 24, 2016 at 17:56
  • @Artemix Now, this would be a nice question on its own (whether these two words are connected somehow)
    – Aleks G
    Dec 14, 2016 at 20:57

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