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U+B9AC, 리
Composition: +
Dubeolsik input:f-l

Hangul Syllables



릐 ←→ 마

Etymology 1[edit]



  1. A Hangul syllabic block made up of and .

Etymology 2[edit]


—리 (-ri)

  1. a suffix deriving a passive verb.
    • 그가 가방. (Geuga gabang-eul deunda., “He carries a bag.”) → 가방이 그에게 들린. (Gabang-i geuege deullinda., “The bag is carried by him.”)


—리 (-ri)

  1. a suffix deriving a causative verb.
    • 그가 가방. (Geuga gabang-eul deunda., “He carries a bag.”) → 그녀가 그에게 가방들린. (Geunyeoga geuege gabang-eul deullinda., “She has him carry the bag.”)

Etymology 3[edit]


—리 (--ri-)

  1. (obsolete) I guess sb will ...
    • 그는 벌써 저녁었으라. (Geuneun beolsseo jeonyeogeul meogeosseurira., “He might have had dinner already.”)
  2. (obsolete) I/We will ...
    • 속히 다녀오다. (Nae sokhi danyeoorida., “I'll be back soon.”)


—리 (--ri)

  1. (obsolete) I guess sb will ...
  2. (obsolete) I/We will ...
    • 세상이 나를 절망케 해도 나는 살아. (Sesang-i nareul jeolmangke haedo naneun saragari., “Even with the world frustrating me, I shall live.”)
  3. (obsolete) How on earth will I/we ...?

Usage notes[edit]

The suffix -ri- is followed only by specific suffixes, including -da, -ra, -ni, -nira, therefore making combined suffixes like -rida, -rira, -rini, -rinira.

The suffix -ri takes the sequential form, and if the stem ends in (l), the (l) does not fall out.

Etymology 4[edit]


(ri) (hanja )

  1. (dependent) reason, logic, (with negation) even the slightest possibility
    • 그럴 없다! (Geureol riga eopda!, “That can't be true!”)
    • 주인공 ? (Ju-in-gong-i jugeul riga itgennya?, “Do you think the main character can ever die?”)


(ri) (hanja )

  1. (units of measure) li, a traditional Korean unit of distance equivalent to about 393 m.
  2. (government) village, a Korean administrative division covering a small settlement and its surrounding hinterland.
    (Administrative divisions of South Korea) (ri), (dong), (myeon), (eup), (gu), (gun), (si), (do)

Proper noun[edit]

(Ri) (hanja )

  1. The second most common Korean surname - the North Korean spelling.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Most commonly romanized as Lee. Other romanizations include Li, Yi, Ri, and Rhee. Due to the phonology of the South Korean, the spelling (i) is used in South Korea.


-—리 (-ri) (hanja 裡, 裏)

  1. in the center of
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