눈치

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Yeogeo yuhae (譯語類解 / 역어유해), 1690, as Middle Korean 눈츼 (Yale: nwunchuy). From (nun, “eye”), with some unknown suffix.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key)[nunt͡ɕʰi]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? nunchi
Revised Romanization (translit.)? nunchi
McCune–Reischauer? nunch'i
Yale Romanization? nwunchi

Noun[edit]

눈치 (nunchi)

  1. one's ability to sense what are the correct/wrong things to do in a situation
  2. one's state of mind inferred from the facial expressions; hint given with the eyes

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