Common Korean Terms

Glossary of Common Korean Terms

This is a page containing a list of common korean honourifics and terms that might show up, so I won’t have to give an explanation for them.

  • Hyung: used by males to refer to an older male. It can be their actual older brother or someone they are close to.
  • Hyungnim: more respectful way of saying Hyung.
  • Oppa: used by females to refer to an older male.
  • Unni: used by females to refer to an older female.
  • Noona: used by males to refer to an older female.
  • Noonim: more respectful way of saying Noona.
  • Ahjussi: a term used for middle-aged men.
  • Ajumma: a term used for middle-aged women.
  • Orabeoni: more respectful way for females to refer to older males. More commonly used in the older days.
  • Abamama: term used be princes and princesses to refer to their father, the king. More commonly used in the older days.
  • Omamama: term used be princes and princesses to refer to their mother, the queen. More commonly used in the older days.

 

  • nim: a title of respect. It is usually attached after an occupation.
  • ssi: a title of respect. It is usually attached after actual names.
  • Sunbae: used to refer to someone older than you who usually goes to the same school or works in the same place as you.
  • Hoobae: used to refer to someone younger than you who usually goes to the same school or works in the same place as you.

 

  • Chaebol: Type of family run business conglomerate. Members of that family are often called chaebols.

I will add more if I come across a word or think of one.