동무

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Beonyeok nogeoldae (飜譯老乞大 / 번역노걸대), 1517, as 도ᇰ모 (Yale: 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
Romanizations
RR dongmu
RR (translit.) dongmu
MC tongmu
Yale tongmu

Noun[edit]

동무 (dongmu)

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

Synonyms[edit]