정말

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Korean

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Etymology 1

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From 정(正) (jeong, something that is correct) +‎ (mal, word).

Pronunciation

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  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈt͡ɕɘ(ː)ŋma̠ɭ]
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  • Phonetic hangul: [(ː)]
    • Though still prescribed in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?jeongmal
Revised Romanization (translit.)?jeongmal
McCune–Reischauer?chŏngmal
Yale Romanization?cēngmal

Adverb

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정말 (jeongmal) (hanja 正말)

  1. really; truly
    하인-들-은 -을 정말 .
    Sae hain-deur-eun ir-eul jeongmal jal hae.
    Those new servants really do a splendid job.

Noun

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정말 (jeongmal) (hanja 正말)

  1. that which is true or genuine
    그거 정말-이-야?Geugeo jeongmar-i-ya?Is that true?
Usage notes
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Like many Korean nouns, this word is often used as a determiner to modify another noun directly.

Etymology 2

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Proper noun

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정말 (Jeongmal) (hanja 丁抹)

  1. (obsolete) Denmark (a country in Europe)