구멍

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Bullyu dugong busi eonhae (分類杜工部詩諺解 / 분류두공부시언해), 1481, as 구무 (Yale: kwumwu).

Pronunciation[edit]


IPA(key) [kumʌ̹ŋ]
Phonetic Hangul
Romanizations
RR gumeong
RR (translit.) gumeong
MC kumŏng
Yale kwumeng

Noun[edit]

구멍 (gumeong)

  1. hole, aperture, opening
    벽에 구멍을 뚫다byeoge gumeongeul ttultato drill a hole in a wall
    바지에 구멍이 났다.
    Bajie gumeongi natda.
    [I’ve] got a hole in my trousers. [lit. "A hole appeared in my trousers."]
  2. (figuratively) defect, loophole, blind point
  3. (figuratively) loss, deficit

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

  • 구덩이 (gudeong-i, “pit, cavity, depression”)
  • 구렁 (gureong, “hollow, cavity, pit”)
  • (gol, “cave, hollow”)