Korean Slangs – Popular words 2016 in Korea

Korean Slangs – Popular words 2016 in Korea


Short for “한 오.”

극한 means “extreme

혐오 means “disgust or revulsion

put them together and shortened the phrase that means just that —” extreme disgust.” Use this word any time you want to point out that something is very disgusting.


combination of the verbs 밀다 (to push) and 당기다 (to pull).

However, these words do not literally mean pushing and pulling as in a tug of a door. This slang word refers to the actions that people take in romantic relationships, giving attention and then withholding it (playing hard to get).


is short for 자= “man”

is short for 람=“person”

is short for 구= “friend”

Put them all together, and you get man-person-friend, means a male friend. you can use the same word for a girl who is your friend but isn’t a girlfriend. Change the 남 to 여 (여자 female), and you’ve got 여사친!


This word is short for 모태 솔로, which means that someone who has been “solo” in their entire life, since being born.


short for 방 랑에 지는 사람, this is used to describe a person who easily falls in love.

금방 = “a short time” or “soon

사랑에 빠지다 = “to fall in love


  This term, which literally means “carrot,” but it is used to mean “of course

because it sounds similar to the word for “당연하지”

You can say “당근이지” as well.


Short for 구의들 (my mom’s friend’s son) or you can change the 들 to딸, 

구의 (my mom’s friend’s daughter),

these phrases are used to describe “the perfect child” or

someone who is “good at everything.”

    It originates from that Korean parents like to talk to their children about how so and so’s son (or daughter) did so well on his/her tests, got into a great school or just got a new job at a big company.


Two of the most popular alcoholic drinks in Korea are  –

soju “소주” and beer “맥주”.

주 + 주 = 소맥


When you get something you didn’t expect that benefits you,

you can say “개이득.”

The word is used a lot in slang words in Korean.

it literally means “dog.”

However, in Korean slang, it’s used as an intensifier; like “crazily” or other more negative words in English.

so 이득 means “benefit” or “profit.”


심쿵 is a type of emotional heart attack you feel when you see or think about your crush or someone you find extremely attractive.

심장 means “heart

is the “thud” or “booming


  is the same as “no” or “not” in English.

means “answer.

    So this means “no answer” and it also can be used in any situation where there is no solution. you are inferring there is “no answer” to the problem or situation like a troublemaker for whom who there is no hope for.


 Literally means ‘dirtily’ (come from 더럽다.),

    but it is often used to mean ‘badly’,

e.g. 더럽게 시끄럽다.  = ‘(badly)really noisy’


 = ‘honey’.

is short for ‘재미있어요 =‘interesting‘.

    put them together and you get ‘꿀잼’, it is used when you describe something that is fun or interesting.


This expression means ‘to stay in your room’, and is used when somebody is so tired or worn out that they plan to stay in their room all weekend or all vacation. If somebody used this word to describe their vacation,

     *(Bangkok = 방콕)

    don’t get confused and don’t think that they are going to Thailand.

e.g 오늘도 (today as well) 방콕!


Ever have a mental breakdown?

it is a combo of  탈 (mental) and 괴(deconstruction or collapse).

It is commonly used to express yourself when your mental status is on the fritz.

e.g. 아….멘붕 왔어.(came)


This word comes from the verb of 절다,

which means “to be be salted.”

It became 쩔다 (or 쩐다) and in its slang form could take on the meaning “so salty and good”

means;  “very cool.”

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