Appendix:English words of Korean origin
Definition from zikkir, the free dictionary
Words of Korean origin have entered other languages, including English.
Words that appear in at least some English dictionaries
- from 불고기, thin strips of marinated beef
- from 재벌, family-controlled conglomerate facilitated by government credit
- Possibly from han-guk (한국) meaning Korea or miguk (미국) meaning United States. Offensive term for an East Asian possibly originated by US soldiers during the Korean War.
- from 합기도, a modern martial art
- from 김치, spicy vegetable dish, usually cabbage or radish fermented with chili and salt. The phrase "in deep kimchi" is sometimes used to describe a person in a perilous situation.
- from 기생, female Korean entertainers
- from Goryeo (고려, 高麗), a historic dynasty of Korea
- from 시조, a Korean style of lyrical poetry
- from 태권도, a globally-popular sport and martial art
Words that do not appear in dictionaries but may be well known
- from 비빔밥, white rice mixed with vegetables, beef, and chili paste
- from 초보, a novice, especially in Internet gaming
- from 고수, a person with great skill, especially in Internet gaming
- from 한탄, the Hantan River
- from 현대, Korean company, the name of which also means "modern"
- from 갈비, barbecued marinated beef ribs
- from 삼성, Korean conglomerate
- from 소주, Korean liquor