Perhaps from a form of Middle Korean 돝 (twòth, “pig, swine”), *돌 (*dol, “pig, swine”) + 아지 (-aji, “diminutive suffix”) with a development similar to 말 (mal) and 망아지 (mang'aji) with forms such as Korean 매아지 (maeaji) and Middle Korean ᄆᆞ야지 (moyaci), ᄆᆡ야지 (moyyaci). While *돌 (*dol) itself isn't attested, its possible derivatives can be found in Korean dialects: 멧돌 (metdol), 메돌 (medol, “boar, lit. mountain pig”), and 똘또리 (ttolttori, “pig”).
- (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈtwɛ(ː)d͡ʑi] ~ [ˈtwe̞(ː)d͡ʑi]
- Phonetic hangul: [돼(ː)지/뒈(ː)지]
- Though still prescribed in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
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- South Gyeongsang (Busan) pitch accent: 돼지의 / 돼지에 / 돼지까지
Syllables in red take high pitch. This word always takes high pitch only on the first syllable, and lowers the pitch of subsequent suffixes.