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Korean[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Contraction of 듯이 (deusi, “as if”). First attested in the Neungeomgyeong eonhae (楞嚴經諺解 / 능엄경언해), 1461, as ᄃᆞᆺ (Yale: tos).

Noun[edit]

‎(deut)

  1. (dependent) as if; in a manner suggesting that
    저 사람, 어디...
    Jeo saram, eodiseo bon deutdo hande...
    I suppose I might have seen him somewhere...
    강아지다는 꼬리살랑인다.
    Gang-ajido jotaneun deut kkorireul sallang-inda.
    The dog gently wags his tail as if saying he's fine with it, too.
  2. (in the form of -'~는 듯 마는 듯' and such) leaving it ambiguous whether or not
    내릴 우중충한 날씨biga naeril deut mal deut ujungchunghan nalssi ― a gloomy weather which threatens to rain
Usage notes[edit]

The dependent noun (deut) is used along with adjectival suffixes (n), (l), and (neun).

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of 듯이 (-deusi, “as, like”). First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as ᄃᆞᆺ (Yale: tos).

Inflectional suffix[edit]

‎(deut)

  1. as, like, in the same way that
    뻔한 이다.
    Bul bodeut ppeonhan irida.
    It's as bright as seeing a fire. (It's very obvious.)
Usage notes[edit]

The suffix (deut) is directly appended to the suffix of a verb, an adjective, or 이다 (ida, “to be”), and if the stem ends in the consonant (l), it does not drop out.