배꼽시계

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Korean

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Etymology

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From 배꼽 (baekkop, navel) +‎ 시계(時計) (sigye, clock).

Pronunciation

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  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [pɛk͈o̞pɕ͈iɡje̞] ~ [pɛk͈o̞pɕ͈iɡe̞] ~ [pe̞k͈o̞pɕ͈iɡje̞] ~ [pe̞k͈o̞pɕ͈iɡe̞]
  • Phonetic hangul: [///]
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?baekkopsigye
Revised Romanization (translit.)?bae'kkobsigye
McCune–Reischauer?paekkopsigye
Yale Romanization?pay.kkop.sikyey

Noun

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배꼽시계 (baekkopsigye) (hanja 배꼽時計)

  1. (figurative) hungry time
    수업-이 끝나고 점심 시간-이 되자 배꼽시계-가 울리기 시작했다.
    Sueob-i kkeunnago jeomsim sigan-i doeja baekkopsigye-ga ulligi sijakhaetda.
    After class ended and it was lunch time, the navel clock started ringing.