고장

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Korean[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 故障, from  (“reason”) and (“obstruction”)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

고장 ‎(gojang) ‎(hanja 故障)

  1. breakdown (mechanical)

Etymology 2[edit]

Uncertain. This term is not attested in Joseon Dynasty-period documents. It may be a native Korean word related to (got, “peninsula”). However, it may also be a Sino-Korean word 故場 ‎(gojang), "hometown", from (, go, “old”) + (, jang, “place”).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

고장 ‎(gojang)

  1. A populated district; a town.
  2. A center of production for a particular commodity.

References[edit]

  • Seo Jeong-beom (서정범) (2000), “고장”, in 國語語原辭典, Seoul: Bogosa Books, pages 63-64