First attested in the Yeogeo yuhae (譯語類解 / 역어유해), 1690, as Middle Korean 눈츼 (Yale: nwunchuy). From 눈 (nun, “eye”), with some unknown suffix.
- Phonetic Hangul[눈치]
|Revised Romanization (translit.)?
눈치 • (nunchi)
- one's ability to sense what are the correct/wrong things to do in a situation
- one's state of mind inferred from the facial expressions; hint given with the eyes
- Augmentative: 눈치코치 (nunchikochi)
- Adverb: 눈치껏 (nunchikkeot)