할머니

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Korean[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the roots 하— (hada, "big, great", Modern 크— (keu-, “big”), 하— (ha-, “to do”)) + (-n, determiner suffix) + (eom, "mother", Modern 어머니 (eomeoni)) + (-i, agent suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]


IPA(key) [ha̠ɭmʌ̹ni]
Phonetic Hangul
Romanizations
RR halmeoni
RR (translit.) halmeoni
MC halmŏni
Yale halmeni

Noun[edit]

할머니 (halmeoni)

  1. grandmother; (by extension) elderly female

Usage notes[edit]

As a form of address, 할머니 (halmeoni) is often a polite replacement for a second person singular pronoun ( or 당신).

See also[edit]