맴돌다

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From (maem, “circling”) + 돌다 (dolda, “to rotate”).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key)[ˈme̞ːmdo̞ɭda̠]
  • Phonetic Hangul[:]
Revised Romanization? maemdolda
Revised Romanization (translit.)? maemdolda
McCune–Reischauer? maemdolda
Yale Romanization? māymtolta

Verb[edit]

맴돌다 (maemdolda) (infinitive 맴돌아, sequential 맴도니)

  1. (transitive) to circle, encircle
    매들이 먹이를 찾아 들판 위를 맴돌고 있다. 
    Maedeuri meogireul chaja deulpan wireul maemdolgo itda.
    Hawks are circling over the fields, looking for prey.
  2. (transitive) to hover (around)
    그의 성적은 학급에서 바닥을 맴돌고 있다 
    geuui seongjeogeun hakgeubeseo badageul maemdolgo itda
    His grades stay around at the bottom of the class.
  3. (transitive) to linger (on)
    {{ko-usex|그 생각이 계속 머릿속에서 맴돌았다.|

Conjugation[edit]

Related terms[edit]

  • (maem, “circling”)
  • 돌다 (dolda, “to rotate”)

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