자장가

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Korean[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From an unanalysable root 자장 (jajang, “*putting to sleep”) + (, ga, “song”). The former possibly came from 자— (ja-, “to sleep”) + (-ja, “let's ...”) + (-/, “nominalisation suffix”). Compare 자장노래 (jajangnorae), 자장자장 (jajangjajang), 자장그네 (jajanggeune), 자장타령 (jajangtaryeong).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [t͡ɕa̠d͡ʑa̠ŋɡa̠]

IPA(key) [t͡ɕa̠d͡ʑa̠ŋɡa̠]
Phonetic Hangul
Romanizations
RR jajangga
RR (translit.) jajangga
MC chajangga
Yale cacangka

Noun[edit]

자장가 (jajangga)

  1. lullaby (a soothing song to lull children to sleep)
    • 2014, 엄마가 당신에게 말하지 않은 10가지
      엄마는 자장가를 부르면서도 눈꺼풀은 자꾸 감겼다.
      Eommaneun jajanggareul bureumyeonseodo nunkkeopureun jakku gamgyeotda.
      When mum was singing the lullaby, her eyes were falling shut.

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