동무

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Beonyeok nogeoldae (飜譯老乞大 / 번역노걸대), 1517, as Middle Korean 도ᇰ모 (twongmwo). May be ultimately of Sino-Korean origin, from 동모 (同謀, dongmo, “planning together; complotting; collusion”). Alternatively, it could be of native origin and influenced by (, dong, “together”); compare Japanese  (とも) (tomo, friend, pal).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key)[to̞ŋmu]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? dongmu
Revised Romanization (translit.)? dongmu
McCune–Reischauer? tongmu
Yale Romanization? tongmu

Noun[edit]

동무 (dongmu)

  1. (chiefly North Korea) friend, mate, pal
  2. (chiefly South Korea) comrade (title used by a Communist regime), (obsolete, South Korea) friend

Synonyms[edit]