어미

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Korean[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as 어미 (Yale: emi). Related to 어머니 (eomeoni, “mother”), 엄마 (eomma, “mom”).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

어미 ‎(eomi)

  1. (impolite) mother
    어미 속 좀 그만 썩여라.
    Eomi sok jom geuman sseogyeora.
    Don't make mum worry too much.
  2. A casual way used by a father to address his wife in front of elders.
    영철이 어미는 도대체 어디를 나갔습니까?
    Yeongcheori eomineun dodaeche eodireul nagatseumnikka?
    Wifey, where the hell did Yeongcheol go?
  3. dam; mother animal
    어미 호랑이‎ ― eomi horang-imother tiger
  4. mother of one's grandchild (or child in further generations)
  5. Term of address for one's daughter or daughter-in-law (who has children).

Etymology 2[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 語尾

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

어미 ‎(eomi) ‎(hanja 語尾)

  1. (grammar) ending (attached to stems of verbs and adjectives)