The Ultimate K-Pop Dictionary: Vocabulary and Slang Terms

The Ultimate K-Pop Dictionary: Vocabulary and Slang Terms

This is the most complete dictionary for K-Pop fans.  In this expert-written list of slang terms, you'll learn all the words and vocabulary you need to know about Kpop, Korea and it's culture.

Language is a very important part of a flourishing culture as it is considered as the soul of a nation.... STOP RIGHT THERE!

Let's hop into the hype and movement of K-POP FANDOM by learning new words! A fan should not just settle in listening to the music of K-POP idols, but must know every little SLANG or Korean Terms they are using.

It is more than a heart sign, let's peek at the heart and soul of the most talked about culture as of today!

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11 - ABS

See those beautiful abs? If you can see two lines because of the defined formed abs, it is called 11 - abs. Nifty huh? K-POP idols are not only known for their beautiful faces but also for sexy curves and rock hard bodies!

 

Aegyo (애교)

Cuteness of K - Idols cross the boundaries of visuals. Aegyo does not simply define cute in someone eyes but even those small gestures - adorable is the right term. Clinging into someone's arm and whining in charming way. These small details captivated every heart of K-POP fans nowadays. 

 

Aigoo (아이고)

Expressing someone's thought can be feel in gestures or words. But sometimes, gestures are not enough if you are overwhelmed with emotions like exhaustion or frustration. It is a version of "Oh dear..." or "OMG". If your back hurts, you can say "Aigoo, my back hurts!", or if someone's dad passed away "Aigoo, aigoo... I feel bad for you."

 

Ahjusshi/Ahjumma (아저아줌마)

Most of the culture have a deeper sense in identifying age or kinship. We call our older siblings big bro or sis, but we do not call someone we just knew granma or grandad specially if they are just around 20s or 30s. Koreans use this term ahjussi (male) or ahjumma (female) to show respect to those not too old people. It is more of a middle ground or we can just say equivalent of uncle or aunt. 

 

Akgae (abbrev. 악성개인팬)

Let's face it. There are different types of fans all over the world and some call it diversity. Most of the fans of KPOP groups usually loves every members and it can go far on what they eat, how they take a bath, what time do they sleep, or what fashion do they follow, etc. But for an "akgae", it only means one, they don't care about the other members - they only love one specific Korean Idol to the point that this type of fan will throw negative comments to the other idols.

 

All-Kill

A term use for an off the charts music or group! There are eight (could change anytime) Korean music charts and if a specific group or song made it to the top of all of these charts, it is an ALL - KILL. A pretty difficult accomplishment and deserves an own term to describe it!

 

Ahgase (아가새)

A shortened version or term for a popular group I GOT 7. Koreans loves wordplay to the point that the word they came up represents beautiful creature. Utter the word multiple times and you will hear the name of the group shortened style - it also means a baby bird

 

Andwae (안돼)

Jaw dropping performance, unbelievable stunts, and unforgettable music. This is not the exact definition of the term. Just turn it over, think of one of the disgusting videos you seen online, when a "NO WAY!" moment happened to you. Andwae!

 

Anti-s

You can never imagine what a fan can do for the sake of their K-POP idols. Throwing hate and harmful words or even acts are some of the realities of K-POP kingdom. An attempt to damage a career or even health

 

Bagel Boy/Girl

So what's wrong with this picture? Actually, it is more than perfect! Sexy and hot figure, adorable cutie baby face, awesome shoes, etc. Bagel boy or girl is a Korean Idol that is scorching hot but their face is extremely gentle. You can tell that there's a young soul trapped in an older (not in a bad way, or older is not even bad!) body.

 

Bansa (반사)

So let's say you are having a normal day in school, then one of your best of friends came over and whisper to your ear saying "you're ugly as hell!", then smiled to tease you more. What will you do? Flip the table? A strong uppercut to the chin? No. Do it Korean Style - adorable but effective. Say "Bansa!" Which means "back to you!". By the way, bansa literally means reflection, so that does it. 

 

Bbakchinda (빡친다)

Almost a curse! Want some situation? It's a cold early Sunday morning and you are in a church. You are walking on the aisle wearing your favorite slippers and all of the sudden, your little toe hits the solid wood of a statue. Imagine the pain, scream, curse! Bet you won't. This is the perfect phrase, let it fly in a very silent manner. 

 

Beast

If there are classifications of fans, K-POP Idols are also rated according to their physical appearances. Remember this term, flower boy, because this is the exact opposite of this term. Which means rugged, manly, or muscular.

 

Bias


K-POP lingo are everywhere. If you are new to the hype, you should know and understand this term "bias". Negative it may sound but it is simply asking "who is your favorite?" It is important for them to know your preference as they may "bias-wreck" a fan anytime so they can convert them to like their own bias.

 

Body Rolls

One of the sexiest dance moves known to K-POP kingdom. They even have a list for the Sexiest Body Rolls and BTS Jimin performing "No More Dream" live is on the top of the list. There is no way a K-POP fan never have chills watching this crazy choreo!

 

Bogo Sipeo (보고 싶어)

It means "I want to see you!". Widely used in an informal conversation between couples, informally it is a way of saying "I miss you...". It make sense! If you miss your sweetheart, the ultimate cure for longing to your significant other is to meet up! And for K-POP fans around the globe, how sweet would it be if one of your bias told you "bogo sipeo". 

 

Bulgeum (불금)

A popular slang in Korea to show how they love weekends! Because when it is Friday, everyone is looking forward to unwind and party. Derived from the term bulta-reul geumyoil (불타는 금요일) which means "burning Friday". Every hard working person will be burning in desire to say T.G.I.F.! or must say Bulgeum!

 

CF

Being famous and popular around the world do have its own perks. Large companies are looking for top K-POP idols as endorsers and it costs a lot! CF stands for commercial films - surely in no time, those fans will support things that their idols eat, wear, or use!

 

Chaebol (재벌)

If you are familiar with Korean Drama Series or movies, they always have this filthy rich character that makes the plot of the story more colorful and add conflicts that provides more emotions to the audiences. They wear formal clothes (all the time), gestures are prim and proper (most of the time), and usually they set blind romantic date (almost every second) to ruin the relationship of the protagonists. In Korea, they are called Chaebol, which means a conglomerate of companies run by known family.

 

Chimaek (치맥)

Why this term or slang made everyone hungry all of the sudden? Because it is one of the Korean's favorite combination of food! Chicken and beer. 

 

Chocolate Abs

Koreans do love to associate their idol's abs to anything. Have you seen a newly opened, nude, fresh chocolate bar? Put that in an abs, and you'll get the sexy idea.

 

Chuseok (추석)

A big harvest festival in whole Korea (North and South - yes, that's how big it is) that usually begins with 14th day of the 8th lunar month and ends on the 15th day of Chinese Lunar Calendar (Gregorian Calendar equivalent: September - October). K-POP idols usually send their greetings wearing Hanbok during this holiday. Traditional food and delicacies are served in everyone's home, and also, this is the time where they clean their ancestral graves

 

Comeback

Utterly, one of the most much awaited event of a particular fan group - the comeback of their K-POP group. Hard work and dedication is a must for a K-POP group to arrive into a comeback. This is usually backed up with 10 seconds of music previews to hyped up the market. Surely an event every fan should not be missed!

 

Daebak (대박)

Say it when you are mesmerized by a hot choreography of a K-POP group in a MV. Use the term if you want to express your sarcasm and dismay. It is just "WOW!". Daengbanada is the original word which means "to be successful" but widely accepted today as "daebak" in short, awesome!

 

Daesang (대상)

Basically it means, "grand prize", but for K-POP kingdom it is the highest possible award a song or group can get! It is given by two largest Korean Music show Golden Disk Awards and the Seoul Music Awards basing on the sales of a single song or album physical or digital copy. One recent example was "Hyyh Young Forever" by BTS who won the coveted award. But this is not exclusive to one group or song as possibly, there are multiple recipients of the awards in one event. 

 

Dapjungnuh (답정너)

In every group, there would always be one who always seek compliments and wanted to be noticed anytime they want. Koreans made it again, it sounds negative but actually it is kind of cute! Imagine those KPOP idols will do an Aegyo to catch some compliments? That's a dapjungnuh!

 

Daetcheunono (댓츠노노)

Say it loud and multiple times. Yeah, go ahead! You'll hear it eventually. That's a No No? Don't just say "no", have it this way, daetcheunono!

 

Debut

A widely used term for "first appearance" of a Korean Idol or K-POP Group. It is possible that an idol will debut as a solo artist after joining a K-POP group. Another situation is a debut can happen in other country (like USA) before debut performance in Korea.

 

Deoku (덕후)

This is the cousin of the Japanese term "otaku" or a person who is obsessed of anything. It has a negative connotation because anything that is too much is usually condoned. Obsession nowadays can be considered as psychological status - yes it is a serious matter. 

 

Deoreopge (더럽게)

You don't want to hear this from a Korean pertaining to your attitude or behavior. Straightforward definition "dirty", but if you want it in a contextual manner, go with "badly". So you can choose from the two or wish for the both. 

 

Deutta (듣다)

It is the sense of hearing! A great sense of deutta is essential to decide which KPOP group is the best!

 

Doljikgu (돌직구)

Being honest and straightforward in what you say and do is a good trait. It is being true to your friends or even to the person you just know today! But also be careful in giving some feedback, because you might hurt someone's feelings because of your doljikgu! 

 

Dongan (동안)

We know how Koreans take care of their looks and beautiful skin, one of the best reason that majority of the make up industry today includes products from Korea. Dongan means "baby face" and there is no further explanation needed. It is just you look good that much and even the curse of getting older paused for a while and appreciate the stunning look of Korean Idols. 

 

Dongsaeng (동생)

Whether it is younger in age or in rank, this is the right term for it. Though it is gender less, you can still emphasize the gender by adding yeo (여) for female, and nam (남) for male.

 

Dream Concert

It is the Lollapalooza and Woodstock Music Festival Korean style. A much awaited event of every K-POP fans held annually. Majority of the performers are popular K-POP groups loved by the fans globally. Totally a heart stopper and bucket list for a Korean Group Fans!

 

Fancafe / Fanclub

We made this in one definition because they function pretty much the same with teeny winnie difference. They both cater to the fandomship feeding recent news, rumor, updates of concerts, awards, or to make it simple - everything and anything about KPOP groups. The difference that we are talking about? Fancafe services are for free, whilst Fanclub requires membership fee (we are talking about exclusivity here). 

 

Fanchant

Have you been to a live concert and hear the crowd sing together with the performer? Or shout wholeheartedly to chant your favorite group? It send chills and excitement, a true adrenaline rush moment to remember for an unforgettable event!

 

Fandom

It is the A.R.M.Y. of BTS, MonBebe of Monster X, Once of Twice, and many more. Group of fans of a specific K-POP group. Creatively, they put nice meaning to their names! A.R.M.Y. means Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth  - to put it simply they will always be together with BTS. MonBebe is a french term for "my baby", and Once - a pretty easy one - if you love the group Twice even Once, they will pay you back twice!

 

Fanservice

It was identified as one of the Marketing Strategy for a K-POP group to do an extra mile for their fans. From a simple hugging or selfies in public up to letting fans to touch an Idol face in public. Sometimes it leads to rumors and worst the safety of the idol is at risk.

 

Fighting / Hwaiting (파이팅)

Have you watched Korean shows that involves funny games and your Korean Pop Idols? It is fun to watch and you can hear them cheering and encouraging their team mates with words like "Fighting!" or "Hwaiting!". 

 

Flower Boy

It is the opposite of "beast" which can be translated to beautiful man face. Every fan should take a caution approaching to these type of K-POP idols because they are considered as extremely handsome!

 

Eon Peul (언플)

Another word play from Koreans derived from Eon ron peul le i (언론플레이)  which means "media play". It is a negative connotation in manipulating the media by creating false stories to cover dirty deeds or rumors.

 

Eumak (음악)

A general and informal term for "music". K-POP is a worldwide sensation due to its new wave of music and genre. If you go to Korea, you might want to add this to your vocabulary to specifically talk about music. But watch out as there are different terms to be considered if you are talking about eumak. 

 

Eungwonhada (응원하다)

A basic term for cheering. You can relate this one to fanchant and send words of encouragements to your favorite K-POP group!

 

Eye smile

Korean Idols are known for their beautiful smiles! It is beyond comparison because of the smiling eyes that captivate every fans heart. Your day will be enlightened by only looking to those adorable gestures. Aegyo!

 

Gaeideuk (개이득)

If someone gave you a gift unexpectedly and it is not your birthday or no one is celebrating any anniversary, this is the perfect term for it. A great beneficial moment for a person that came all of the sudden. 

 

Gap/ Gabida (갑/갑이다)

A originally coined term from an comedy Korean show that means "a person who is in charge or with power". It is widely used slang as of today to define a work, thing, or skill that is superb and ahead of the others, making it "the boss".

 

Gayo (가요대전)

Also known as Gayo Daejeon, a music festival aired by SBS or Seoul Broadcasting SytemGayo Daejejun by MBC, and the Gayo Daechukje by KBS held annually by biggest entertainment networks before the year ends. Daesang Awards are also given in these events, we are talking about closing the year with a BANG! Rare collaborations of K-POP artists and special remix of music performances as a form of treat to all K-POP fans all around the globe.

 

Geukyeom (극혐)

A Korean Slang originated from the phrase geukanui hyeomo (극한의 혐오) that means, extreme disgust or hate. You'll never wish to hear this term from your Korean friends.

 

Geumsabba (금사빠)

Can you easily fall in love at the moment you see a handsome or a beautiful faces? Literally means "loves is the moment", a perfect word for those person who are hopeful romantic and always been the target of the "cupid".

 

Geurillaiteu (그린라이트)

This is the moment where we will tell you again to repeat the Korean slang all over again. What can you hear? Gurinlayto? Alas! You are right! Green light go! It means go ahead and make a move - in a relationship. Good news huh?

 

Godabi (고답이)

Direct translation of sweet potato but in this context we are not talking about the food. We are talking about your friend who is very slow to catch on a joke or just a normal conversation of your group! There will always be that one friend that will still thinking but yet all others are laughing out loud!

 

Gokwol (고퀄)

A popular Korean slang derived from two words go (고) which means high, and kwolliti (퀄리티) - yes! You got it right! Sounds like quality! So if you appreciate a product and you are in South Korea, while you are holding a high quality clothes, say "gokwol". Sounds cool, right?

 

Haeng-syo (행쇼)

Made famous by BIGBANG‘s G-Dragon, this phrase is used to say goodbye. Translated it means “be happy” but it is similar to saying “peace!”, when you leave a friend. Short for 행복하십시오 (haengbokasipsio), this phrase just means “let’s be happy!” You can use it to suggest to others to cheer up and be happy while at the same time sounding cool. Start using this one today, and you’ll be sure to make someones day.

 

Hallyu (한류)

It is a Chinese term for Korean Wave (Han stands for Korean, and Ryu is wave). In Hangul it is translated as Hanryu but the term presented above is widely accepted in South Korea. It is to define the phenomena of exporting pop culture, entertainment, music, TV dramas, and movies. Everyone is thankful that the beautiful culture of South Korea reached most of the countries worldwide.

 

Hanbok (한복)


Korean Fans will easily describe and define what this term is all about. It is the traditional dress of Koreans. To preserve and promote the culture, South Korea mandated a Hanbok Day which encourages the citizens to wear the traditional clothes. 

 

Heck (핵)

It is to emphasize a thing or making it "nuclear"! A slang or prefix that is equivalent to "very much".

 

Hul / Heol (헐)

This exclamation is usually used after something shocking or surprising is said or seen. It’s really similar to “OMG” in English! You’ll notice this piece of Korean slang used a lot in texting. This is a sound Koreans make a lot these days and you probably heard it already. It may seem kind of awkward, but it properly portrays being speechless about something because it's ridiculous, embarrassing, or anything else negative.

 

Hyeonut (현웃)

A popular Korean Slang that came from the phrase "hyeonsireseo useum (현실에서 웃음)" which means laughter in real life. Instead of using ㅋㅋㅋ as an equivalent of LOL, literally you can say hyeonut! Laugh out loud!

 

Hyung (형)

"Older brother" a term used by younger boys to call older boys. It can be added as a suffix in a name to show respect or simply say hyung. There's also this term as the "hyung line" of BTS that includes  Hoseok(J-Hope) ,Namjoon(RM) and Jin.

 

Hoobae (후배)

Refers to the less experienced person in a particular field of expertise. This is to show the seniority of a person regardless of age and gender. 

 

Idol

In Korea, all idols are celebrities, but not all celebrities are idols. Someone reaches idol status after training for years and successfully debuting either as a soloist or in a group. The word “idol” is probably most interchangeable with “K-pop star.”

 

Jem (잼)

Basically means "fun" but some Korean terms can be added to make different meanings like - Nojem, no fun or in short boring, or use "khool" jem to make it extra fun!

 

Jeongmal (정말)

The Korean way for expressing disbelief or possibly annoyance. The Korean equivalent of saying “Really?” or “Seriously?”. It is more related to truth, or to speak honestly right away. 

 

Jjal (짤)

Selfie was not widely used before the trend in mobile phones and internet. It was later on hyped and known by the public as a self picture using front mobile camera. This is the same case with "jjal" or meaning picture. It is an accepted term for photos specially in social media or world wide web.

 

Jjang (짱)

This is a Korean Slangs that can be heard often! It’s slang word that means “the best”, “top of the top”, or just plain “awesome!”

 

Jjorep (쪼렙)

In MOBA games or online games, you don't want to be called newbie. Now this is the Korean equivalent of noob - jjorep. So if you want them to make fun of you, make sure that they will not find out that you are a Jjorep!

 

Kkab (깝)

An overly energetic person that is so annoying.

 

Kkadonam (까도남)

A word to describe an arrogant, cocky, and rich. Literally means, an abrasive city man, a close representation of a negative attitude.

 

Kekeke (ㅋㅋㅋ)

Korean's HAHAHA

 

Keullaeseu (클래스)

If you pronounce it multiple times, you will eventually hear the word "class". Unparalleled high level skills, material, or quality that is defined as world class.

 

Kkuljaem (꿀잼 )

A funny thing, or an interesting cool idea. Came from two words "Kkul" - 꿀 (honey) and "Jaem" - 잼 (jaemiisseoyo 재미있어요 - interesting). The "Yin" of the cool stuff.

 

Kkultip (꿀팁)

A generous tip. Remember that if they are putting "kkul" in front of a word, it means great. As kkul represents "honey" and in Korea, honey is gold.

 

Konglish (콩글리쉬)

Konglish is the use of English words (or words derived from English words) in a Korean context. The words, having initially been taken from the English language, are either actual English words in Korean context or are made from a combination of Korean and/or English words . Common sentence structure or vocabulary mistakes made by Koreans have also been referred to as Konglish.

 

Koreaboo (코리아 부)

A trying hard non Korean person who wanted to reborn in Korea (due to the hype and recent KPOP movement). It surely an obsession with Korean culture but too careless to check the facts.

 

Leader

In a group of stars, one among them is declared the leader. Usually it is the oldest member of the group. If not the oldest, then the most versatile member may earn the title. Leadership qualities include speaking multiple languages or having the longest training period.

 

Makjang (막장)

Let's check this Korean term as it refers to multiple things, it could be that popular soybean and red pepper paste that goes well with traditional Korean food; it can also refer to the dead end of a mining cave or tunnel, or just the mining itself. But the most interesting definition of this Korean term is the overused plots in a drama series or movies (e.g. secret child, car accidents, rich mom that do not agree with your gf, etc.)

 

Mallep (만렙)

Do you know that this means level 10,000, literally? It came from two words man (만) and rebel or level (레벨). It means a mastery of a specific skill!

 

Matjeom (맛점)

Short for masinneun jeomsim (맛있는 점심) or delicious lunch. 

 

Maknae (막내)

The group’s youngest member. All groups have a maknae, meaning the youngest member. Kyuhyun is the "evil maknae" of Super Junior as he was born the latest and is known for being a bit mischievous. This applies to really any situation. If you're the youngest in your family, you're the maknae! If it is pertaining to couple of young members in a group, it is called maknae line.

 

Mat-seon (맞선)

When we watch K - Dramas, this is when parents meddle with their children relationship. They set up blind dates in a formal way, setting it up to fixed marriage in favor with benefits in business partnership. Surprisingly, there are different types of blind dating in Korea and they are the following: Single's Blind Date (sogaeting - 소개팅), Group Blind Date (miting I saw what you did there! 미팅),  Speed Dating (beon-gae - 번개팅), and Matchmaking Blind Date (mat-seon - 맞선).

 

Me2day

It is the twitter of our OPPAS. One of the most popular networking app in South Korea. 

 

Menbung (멘붕)

Ever have a mental breakdown? You can express this idea with “멘붕”, which is a combo of 멘탈 / mental (mental) + 붕괴 / bunggoe (deconstruction or collapse).
In Korean, this is more often used to express yourself when your mental status is on the fritz! It’s used in various situations, let's have one, you could say it when at the last minute you realize you have to work on the weekend and you have a huge date that you can’t cancel - choose one!

 

Mildang (밀당)

If you are courting a girl and she is playing hard to get, that's mildang. Actually it came from two Korean verbs, mildang (밀다) to push and danggida (당기다 ) to pull. So imagine what you will do, push or pull? both? It can be also defined as toying around, or playing around your feelings. Ouch!

 

Minnat (민낟)

 

Isn't it unfair? With make up, stunning look. Without make up (minnat or without makeup, saw that coming?) adorable. Should we see them fresh from bed (wait, I think she just woke up...)?

 

Momzzang/ulzzang (얼짱)

"Momzzang"" is similar except ""mom"" (pronounced mome) means body - this is used for people with great bodies. You can use ""zzang"" by itself if you want to tell people they are all around the best! Zzang zzang! (If you're watching 'Let's Eat,' the cute girl says some variation of this like all the time).

 

Mossol (모쏠)

Be careful on using this Korean slang specially if you are pertaining to ladies. It came from two words motae sollo (모태솔로) which means "mother's womb" and "solo". Can you guess what it means? SINGLE SINCE BIRTH! NBSB! Loner. 

 

Music shows

Well anyone knows what it means, but in South Korea there are four major music shows and two smaller ones where idols promote new songs by performing live. The most popular shows include M! Countdown, Music Bank, Music Core, and Inkigayo, which air from Thursday to Sunday. The Show and Show Champion are the other two, which airs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively.

 

Mwongmi (뭥미)

This is the WTH or an expression Korean Slang. There's a good story behind this term, as the original translation of what the heck is mwoim (뭐임). Mwongmi is a typo cause the exact epxression (there's a typo - WTH???).

MV

Easy peasy, I can even provide you an image for this one. Music Video. 

 

Namchin/Yeochin (남친 / 여친)

If you want to ask someone to go out with you, say this popular slang first - namja chingu (남자 친구) or yeoja chingu (여자 친구) meaning boyfriend or girlfriend. Make sure that they are not hooked up yet! But use the shorter version, the Korean Slang that was described here.

 

Namsachin (남사친)

Read carefully, nam is short for namja (남자 ) which means "man" - strike one. The second one is sa and short for saram (사람) that means "a person" - strike two. The third one is chin and sad to say it is short for chingu (친구) meaning friend and you are friendzoned pal... But who knows, anytime soon "sa" will be omitted - who can tell right? Counterpart of this is Yeosachin - a friend that is a girl. 

 

Netizen

Actually, this is a worldwide term for the recent phenomena brought by social media. It is the people regardless of the age, location, and nationality that share their thoughts and sentiments over the internet. Today, any business identify and manage the impact of the internet and utilize it to take advantage.

 

Nojaem (노잼)

The "yang" of coolness or kkuljaem. So if it is the yang it only means that Nojaem is simply "no chill", "boring", or "not interesting at all". 

 

Noraebang (노래방)

Wikipedia defined this as "singing venue" with sound proof room, complete with microphone, tambourines, couch, remote control, etc. For us, we define it as KARAOKE, a night full of fun, booze, and food!

 

Noona (누나)

In Korea, age do matter. It is contrary to the Western Culture that age is only a number. Evident to Korean language, there are so many terms to use based on gender and age of who are talking to whom or speaking to. Noona is used by younger man talking to older woman. Take note of this. 

 

Nugu (누구)

Basically it is a simple word of asking "who". But it is always the usage that matters - contextually, making it rude or just looking for answer. The range of meaning for this term could be from basic question starting from asking "who are you?" or rudeness "who are they again?" (if you mean that they are nobody or not so popular).

 

Omo (어머)

The “OMG” (Oh my God). This is short for ""omona"" and means ""oh, my.". So when you're surprised, you can go ""omomomomo"" endlessly if you want. If you hear something shocking, do a Sohee! Omo mixed with some aegyo ;)

For us, it is the first half of our honor and commitment, OMO-JJANG!

 

OST

Also known as “Original Soundtrack,” an OST refers to songs written specifically for a Korean drama. Stars often lend their voices for drama OSTs, which can help with the promotion of a show. Since idols regularly take acting roles in dramas, they sometimes participate in the soundtracks too. It’s also common for a member of a group to sing on the OST while another member acts in the drama. For example, in this summer’s drama Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, Baekhyun of Exo plays a supporting role and sings “For You” with fellow members Chen and Xiumin for the OST.

 

OTP

It is an acronym that stands for "One True Pairing". In your country it could mean the love team of the year (in movies or drama series), or as a solid example Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail. But for Koreans it is more of Lee Min Ho and Miss A Suzy, but they recently broke up... missing this OTP.

 

Ottoke??! (어떻게)

When you are on a very difficult situation, asking yourself, "What am I gonna do?". Rice over egg, or egg over rice?

 

Oppa (오빠)

We talked about how important age is when Korean speak to each other. Let me straightened up and define this very special term that created a phenomenon all around the world. Hear me, it is a younger female that is talking to an older male. Simple huh? But for KPOP kingdom this is a romantic and adorable scenes and usually giving exciting moments in Korean drama series.

 

Oppalogist

A scientist who specialized on dealing with oppas? You bet. This is a diehard fan who defends negative behavior committed by a KPOP idol. Literally, combination of Oppa and Apologist.

 

Oppar

It is a silly way of saying "oppa". But true to its meaning, netizens define it as the oppa of non Korean fans, with rude underlying meaning of being a trying hard K-POP fans - and people from Korea don't find it funny or silly at all.

 

Utpeuda (웃프다)

It is a Korean Slang and combination of two emotions funny (웃기다 / utgida) and sad (슬프다 / seulpeuda). If your friend told you a funny story and you are not sure if you will cry or laugh, then utpeuda. 

 

Pabo/Babo (바보)

There is an ongoing debate on how to pronounce and write this term in Hangul. But regardless of the outcome, the meaning will stay as negative and rude, "idiot" or "fool".

 

Point Dance

Pardon us for seeing PSY twice in our blog. But honestly speaking, we can tell that most of the netizen that will read this blog knows how to dance from the music of this guy! Point dance is the famous move associated with the music and choreography of a K-POP group. It usually starts in the chorus and every fan goes nuts every single time!

 

Ppangteojida (빵터지다)

Did you laugh really hard for once in your life that almost everyone on this planet heard you cackle?  Ppang (빵) is a sound of a gun or let's say "bang!" and teojida (터지다) means to burst! So it is loud!

 

Ppung (뻥)

It is a "lie" or false information. There are so many versions or terms that can be added for this Korean word to form different meaning like "I am joking" (Ppung-i-ya - 뻥이) or "Stop kidding me!" (Ppung-chi-ji-ma - 뻥치지마).

 

Pumjeollam/ Pumjeollyeo Doeda (품절남/녀되다)

Pertains to a celebrity or a known friend that is already off the market because of the holy matrimony a.k.a. "got married". So if you are looking for a date, watch out for this term and make sure you understand it. 

 

Pyeongta (평타)

It is doing at least enough or satisfactory, which can bring you to the expression "meh". Derived from the Korean phrase pyeongtachida (평타치다) which means at least average. It is not exemplary but not deplorable.  

 

Rijeu (리즈)

This is the magical years of your life where you don't wanna leave or get older! The prime years of anyone's life and this is the age when your abs are still formed, shiny hair, and amazing curves. Before the aging spell make all of those disappear.

 

Rookie 

Someone new to a specific skill or talent who recently debuted in the middle of the entertainment. Be an actor, singer or group. 

 

S-Line

Describing hotness and sexiness of a female figure specifically the beautiful curves. It is the standard today for how sexy a female Korean Idol is. The S line pertains to the outline of the body created by sexy bust and bottom. 

 

Samchon (삼촌) Fans

As Korean Entertainment majority caters to the young age bracket (16 - 25 years of age) another type of fans is identified and there are existing article online regarding "uncle" fan. They are the fans who can afford to buy merchandise, concert tickets, apparels, or any thing that is related to the industry. Making it beneficial to the entertainment business. But one thing for sure there are some questions of harm to the industry because of sexual desires from this type of fans, making the K-POP movement and hype more diverse and colorful

 

Sang namja (상 남자)

What people imagine as a manly man. This includes a muscular body, masculine features and the like.

 

Sasaeng (사생)

According to an article, there are approximately 500 up to 1,000 sasaeng fans in Korea alone. The report said that 100 of these fans stalk their K Idols. Most if them are female in between 17 - 22 years of age that commit a borderline criminal acts just to get the attention of the celebrities. Pervasive acts ranges from sending unnecessary gifts like lingerie, following celebrities to their homes or dorms, harassing relatives or family members, and stealing information or personal belongings. It is ok to be an obsessed fan but make sure to follow the law because you might end up in jail or worst death.

 

Saranghae (사랑해)

It is the most informal or conversational way of expressing your love to someone. Saranghaeyo (사랑해요) is the formal way to express "I Love You"  and if you want to say it on the most formal way, go with saranghamnida (사랑합니다)

 

Ships

If you are reading an article or listening to updates and news about your favorite K-POP group, you might deal with this term "ship". No it does not pertain to the ship that sails, but the relationship rumors involving K-POP idols. 

 

Simkung (심쿵)

An interesting Korean Slang for heartthrob. It is composed of two words, simjang (심장) which means "heart" and kungkung (쿵쿵) the sound or "thud" of your heart beat! So if you saw your crush and your heart rate gone faster, then that's it! 

 

Selca (셀카)

Popular term in Korea for the word selfie, but that was created before the Korean version introduced to the world. Selca comes from “self” and “camera”.

 

Solkkamal (솔까말)

In Korea, if you want your true friend to tell you the real story even if you will feel pain, Solkkamal is the right phrase for it. It is a slang asking for pure honesty and truth - a great basis of friendship and relationship. Full phrase is "soljiki kkanoko malhada (솔직히 까놓고 말하다) or "speak your mind".

 

Sunbae (선배)

Term used to refer to someone older, be it age (or school), someone close to you with a higher position than yours in a company or a singer, group, actor who has been on the scene for a while longer than other artists. Valid for both sexes. Formal: Sunbaenim (a more polite way). Seniority.

 

Ssanti 

I just watched Jang Wooyoung do a ssanti dance... hyeonut! The direct translation of the word is "cheap" but it is widely used and understand as doing a silly dance. 

 

Stans

A loyal fan. A type of K-POP fan that appreciates everything about an idol and even the group it represents. It can be called an obsession but it is far more different with a "sasaeng fan".

 

The Big 3

These are the top entertainment companies in KPOP industry: SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment. They are always battling for the top spot and it brings great treat for all the K-POP fans all over the world!

 

Trainee

Before becoming a star, a K-pop idol must first be a trainee. K-pop has a reputation for producing picture-perfect pop stars, and its rigorous trainee program is the reason why.  Most stars join a company as a trainee as early as 12 years old, learning how to sing, dance, and speak new languages—especially foreign trainees who must study Korean. The training period transforms talented kids into flawless idols, but it’s also one of the most harsh and demanding programs out there.

 

Triple Crown

An award given by Mnet M!Countdown, a music program aired by Mnet, to a KPOP song that taken the top spot three weeks in a row. The award can only be achieved once by a hit song from a KPOP group.

 

Ultimate Bias

It encompasses the genre of music and all of the K-POP group. It is your King or Queen of all biases whether it is a group or a specific idol. It is the cream of the crop, the cherry on top, and top of the line bias. Did I say more?

 

Um Chin Ah / Um Chin Ttal (엄친아 / 엄친딸)

Korean's tend to compare their selves to others. This term means a perfect person - high paying job, expensive cars, educated, and most importantly handsome. The slang actually is an acronym of a phrase 엄마 친구 아들 - son of my mom's friend. 

 

Ulzzang (얼짱)

The linguistic origin of this term is quite long and too much to explain, let's put this simply a beautiful face. Now, we are not talking about K-POP idols or celebrities, but these are ordinary individuals appreciated by netizens having a beautiful face. Sometimes they are scouted by Entertainment Companies - birth of ann IDOL!

 

Umjjal (움짤)

JIF or GIF? Stop those futile debates, because this is the term of Koreans for it! If you can't decide which to use - try this one! 

 

Unnie (언니)

Remember "oppa" and "hyung"? This is his counterpart, a younger lady talking to an older woman. A term to show respect.

 

V-Line

In some countries, small pores and blemish free skin are the standards for a beautiful face. In Korea, small and V Line chin is the epitome of a perfect face. Because of this, V line surgery in Korea is a common thing as of today, an obsession for beautiful and small face.

 

Visual

You are not the one who's amazed that there's this one role in a K-POP GROUP, called visual. It means that your responsibility is to look good and hot, all the time. 

 

Yeobo (여보)

Darling, sweetheart, lovey, honey, dear, baby, an endearment for your better half.  

 


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