잘생기다

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From (jal, “well”) and 생기다 (saenggida, “to happen; to appear”).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [t͡ɕa̠ɭsʰɛŋɡida̠]
  • Phonetic hangeul: []
Revised Romanization? jalsaenggida
Revised Romanization (translit.)? jalsaenggida
McCune–Reischauer? chalsaenggida
Yale Romanization? calsayngkita

Verb[edit]

잘생기다 (jalsaenggida) (infinitive 잘생겨 or 잘생기어, sequential 잘생기니)

  1. to be or become handsome, good-looking, beautiful

Usage notes[edit]

Always used in past tense, 잘생겼다 (jalsaenggyeotda), meaning “to be handsome”. It has been reclassified as a verb in 2017 by the National Institute of Korean Language, [1][2] because 잘생겼다 (jalsaenggyeotda) as an adjective could imply "someone used to look good, but not now."

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