아빠

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

아비 (abi, father) +‎ (a, hey, vocative particle). The final /i/ in 아비 (abi) was dropped regularly; see Usage Notes in 이#noun suffix.

Korean colloquial family terms commonly stem from a fused vocative. See Category:Korean words suffixed with 아 (vocative).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [a̠p͈a̠]
    • (file)
  • Phonetic hangeul: []
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?appa
Revised Romanization (translit.)?appa
McCune–Reischauer?appa
Yale Romanization?appa

Noun[edit]

아빠 (appa)

  1. (colloquial) dad, papa
    Synonyms: 아버지 (abeoji, father), 부친(父親) (buchin, father, formal), () (bu, father, legalistic)
    Coordinate term: 엄마 (eomma)

Usage Notes[edit]

2015 study by the National Institute of the Korean Language
How do you refer to your male parent?
Age cohort 16 to 25 26 to 35 36 to 45 46 to 55 56 to 65 65 or above
아빠 (appa, Dad) 60 respondents
(87%)
39 respondents
(68%)
19 respondents
(58%)
15 respondents
(23%)
0 respondents
(0%)
3 respondents
(5%)
아버지 (abeoji, Father) 9 respondents
(13%)
18 respondents
(32%)
12 respondents
(36%)
48 respondents
(75%)
23 respondents
(100%)
50 respondents
(93%)
Other 0 respondents 0 respondents 2 respondents 1 respondent 0 respondents 1 respondent

Contrast with Usage Notes at 엄마 (eomma, mom).