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See also: -니

(see above for suffixes)

See also:
U+B2C8, 니
Composition: +

Hangul Syllables

늬 ←→ 다



Revised Romanization?ni
Revised Romanization (translit.)?ni
Yale Romanization?ni

Etymology 1[edit]

See (ne).



  1. Pronunciation spelling of (ne, form of (neo, you)).
    이거 ?Igeo ni kkeo-ya?Is this yours?
    어떻게 생각하는데?Ni-ga na-reul eotteoke saenggakha-neunde?So what do you think about me?
  2. (example, Gyeongsang, southern Jeolla dialect) Alternative form of (neo, you).
    이름 ? (Gyeongsang dialect)Ni-neun ireum-i mwot-go?What's your name?

Etymology 2[edit]

See the main entry.



  1. (Pyongan or in compounds) Alternative form of (i, tooth)
Derived terms[edit]
  • See the main entry.

Etymology 3[edit]

Sino-Korean word from .


(ni) (hanja )

  1. (Pyongan, potentially exclusively in compounds) Alternative form of 이(二) (i, two)
    • 2007 March 5, 유응환 [yueunghwan], “수심가 (장가) [susimga (jangga)]”, in 한국구비문학대계 [han'gukgubimunhakdaegye]‎[1], 평안남도 진남포시 (현 남포특별시) [pyeong'annamdo jinnamposi (hyeon nampoteukbyeolsi)]:
      그러니까, , 일사후퇴 넘어왔으니까.
      Geureonikka, yungnio, ilsahutoe jeog-ui neomeowasseunikka.
      Because I crossed over during the January 4th Retreat of the Korean War (6.25 War).
    • Although the singer, a Korean war refugee, states that he was born in Anak County of South Hwanghae Province, it is implied that he spent most of his life up until the war in Jinnampo (modern day Nampo), making it likely that his speech is more reflective of the Pyongan dialect of the region he grew up in, rather than the Hwanghae dialect of his birthplace.

Etymology 4[edit]

Modern Korean reading of various Chinese characters.

In the majority of Modern Korean dialects (except that of Pyongan), these are traditionally pronounced as (ni) only as the non-initial character of a compound, and as (i) in isolation or as the first element of a compound. After a North Korean spelling reform in the mid-twentieth century, North Koreans always pronounce it as (ni) in all environments.



Extended content
  1. : mud
    (eumhun reading: 진흙 (jinheuk ni))
    (MC reading: (MC nej|nejH))
  2. : Buddhist nun
    (eumhun reading: 여승 (yeoseung ni))
    (MC reading: (MC nrij))
  3. : overgrown
    (eumhun reading: 무성한 (museonghan ni))
    (MC reading: (MC nrij|nrijX))
  4. : abundant
    (eumhun reading: 많을 (maneul ni))
    (MC reading: (MC mjieX))
  5. : greasy
    (eumhun reading: 기름질 (gireumjil ni))
    (MC reading: (MC nrijH))
  6. : strong fragrance
    (eumhun reading: 진한 향기 (jinhan hyanggi ni))
    (MC reading: )
  7. : feel good
    (eumhun reading: 마음 좋을 (ma'eum-i jo'eul ni))
    (MC reading: )
  8. : whisper
    (eumhun reading: 소곤거릴 (sogon'georil ni))
    (MC reading: (MC nrij))
  9. : ashamed
    (eumhun reading: 부끄러워할 (bukkeureowohal ni))
    (MC reading: (MC nrij))
  10. : shrine for a deceased father
    (eumhun reading: 아버지 사당 (abeoji sadang ni))
    (MC reading: )
  11. : you
    (eumhun reading: (neo ni))
    (MC reading: )