Homonyms

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Homonyms (Korean:동음 이의어) are "words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation, but have different meanings."[1]

Note: We have excluded one syllable Hanja characters unless there is a non Hanja meaning as well.


Korean Word Meanings Notes
  1. Dog
  2. Thing, item (used as a counter)
걸다
  1. To hang,
  2. To bet
걸리다
  1. To be hung
  2. To take time
구하다
  1. <>To save, to rescue
  2. <>To look for, to seek
기타
  1. Guitar
  2. <> A word to convey a similar expression to: 'the rest', 'the others', 'and so forth', 'and what not', 'and other things'.
  1. Dried seaweed
  2. Steam
  1. Snow
  2. Eye
When pronounced, 눈 (snow) has a slightly longer vowel sound
다리
  1. Leg
  2. Bridge
대기
  1. <> Atmosphere
  2. <> Stand by, be on standby
들다
  1. Carry, hold, pick up
  2. Enter, walk into, go into, step into
  3. Sharp
  4. Honorific word for eat or drink
Many people don't realize the phrase 드세요 is from 들다 + 세요
마르다
  1. To become dry
  2. To lose weight, to become thin
맞다
  1. To be right, to be correct
  2. To be hit, to be beaten
묻다
  1. To ask
  2. To bite
미치다
  1. To be crazy
  2. Reach, extend over
  3. To be a match for, to be equal
부르다
빠지다
  1. To fall out
  2. To be addicted to, to be engrossed in
사과
  1. Apple
  2. Apology
선물
  1. <> Present, gift
  2. <> Futures (stock)
실수
  1. <> Mistake, error
  2. <> Real number (mathematics)
싸다
  1. To be cheap
  2. To wrap, pack up or package
쓰다
  1. To write
  2. To use
  3. To be bitter
  4. To wear (a hat, glasses
연기
  1. <> Smoke
  2. <> Acting
  1. The number '10' (native Korean number system)
  2. Fever
운동
의사
  1. <> Doctor
  2. <> Intention, intent
이상
  1. </> Weird, strange, abnormal, a disorder
  2. <> More than, (number) or more
이상 #1 can be written in two different ways via hanja.
인분
  1. Serving (used as a counter)
  2. <> Feces
인정
  1. <> Human feelings, sympathy, pity, compassion
  2. <> Recognition, ackowledgement, admission
자리
  1. Seat
  2. Space, room (for something)
  1. Dot, mole
  2. Fortune-telling
직장
  1. <> Work, workplace
  2. <> Rectum
지방
  1. <> Fat
  2. <> Any area outside of Seoul (countryside)
타다
  1. To ride
  2. To burn
  1. The number '8' (Native Korean numbers)
  2. Arm
  1. Glue
  2. Grass