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Etymology 1[edit]

헹 ←

혱 →


(transliterations: RR hyeong, RRT , McCune–Reischauer hyŏng, Yale hyeng)

  1. A Hangul syllabic block made up of , , and .

Etymology 2[edit]

Sino-Korean word from



‎(hyeong) ‎(hanja )

  1. elder brother of a male; (by extension, spoken by a male) unrelated elder male
Usage notes[edit]

The term 형 is often used by a male to address an elder male as a polite replacement for a second person singular pronoun ( or 당신).

Alternative forms[edit]
  • honorific: 형님 (hyeongnim)
Related terms[edit]