Ever wondered how to say “cute” in Korean?
The Korean word for “cute” is used a lot! It makes it a very good word to add to your Korean study. You can use it to describe something that you find cute or adorable, such as a puppy or doll, or you can use the word to pay somebody a compliment.
In fact, many people in Korea want to be seen as “cute” and will behave in “cute” ways. This is known as 애교 (aegyo). People acting in this way will be pleased to hear you describe them as “cute,” so make sure you learn this word so that you can make lots of friends in Korea.
As you would go around and explore Korea, you might come across things that you find to be cute or adorable. We’ll be discussing the different ways of saying “cute” in the Korean language below. Let’s begin!
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- 1 How to say “Cute” in Korean
- 2 How to write “cute” in Korean
- 3 How to say “The Cute Puppy” in Korean
How to say “Cute” in Korean
There are three common ways to say “cute” in Korean: 귀엽습니다 (gwiyeopseumnida), 귀여워요 (gwiyeowoyo), and 귀여워 (gwiyeowo). Which version you’ll use will depend on the formality.
However, if you want to say cute, as in “handsome,” such as “check out that cute guy over there“, then you should use the Korean word for handsome instead.
We’ve added in the romanization for all of the words below to help with pronunciation. However, we recommend that you try to move on to reading comfortably in Hangul (the Korean alphabet), as this will improve your pronunciation and your reading skills. It will also help you notice patterns in words, which will lead you to improve the rate at which you learn new Korean words and grammar points.
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“Cute” in Korean (Formal)
The formal version of “cute” in Korean is 귀엽습니다 (gwiyeopseumnida). You might hear this word in a presentation about cuteness, in an interview, or in an announcement.
How to pronounce “cute” in Korean (Formal)
The Korean word 귀엽습니다 (gwiyeopseumnida) is pronounced slightly different than how it is spelled. It can be pronounced as [귀엽씀니다].
Here’s an audio of how to pronounce this word correctly.
이 가수가 귀엽습니다 (i gasuga gwiyeopseumnida)
This singer is cute.
“Cute” in Korean (Standard)
The standard or polite version of “cute” in Korean is 귀여워요 (gwiyeowoyo). You can use this expression when talking to people who are older or not particularly close to you.
How to pronounce “cute” in Korean (Standard)
The standard version for the word “cute,” 귀여워요 (gwiyeowoyo), is pronounced the same way as it is spelled. Here’s how you can pronounce this word.
강아지가 너무 귀여워요 (gangajiga neomu gwiyeowoyo)
The puppy is very cute.
“Cute” in Korean (Informal)
The informal way to say “cute” in Korean is 귀여워 (gwiyeowo). You can use this expression with people who are very close to you, such as with your girlfriend or date.
How to pronounce “cute” in Korean (Informal)
Lastly, 귀여워 (gwiyeowo), which is the informal version, is also pronounced the same way as it is spelled. You can practice how to pronounce this word through the audio below.
너는 완전 귀여워! (neoneun wanjeon gwiyeowo)
You are so cute! [literally – you are “totally” cute]
How to say “It is cute” in Korean
To say “to be cute,” “it is cute,” or “he/she is cute,” in Korean, you can use the word 귀엽다 (gwiyeopda). If you are talking to yourself (such as when you are walking down the street and see a cute dog or cat), then you can use this version of the word. However, if talking to somebody else, you should remember to use the correct level of politeness.
How to write “cute” in Korean
To correctly spell the different Korean words for “cute,” you can start by familiarizing yourself with the Korean alphabet. Here’s how you write “Cute” in Korean:
“Cute” in Korean (formal) → 귀엽습니다 (gwiyeopseumnida)
“Cute” in Korean (standard) → 귀여워요 (gwiyeowoyo)
“Cute” in Korean (informal) → 귀여워 (gwiyeowo)
If you’d like to focus on improving your skills in writing in Korean, we have a dedicated article on Korean writing to help you with that.
How to say “The Cute Puppy” in Korean
If you want to say “cute,” as in “the cute puppy,” then you should use the word 귀여운 (gwiyeoun).
귀여운 강아지 (gwiyeoun gangaji)
귀여운 아기 (gwiyeoun agi)
귀여운 여자 (gwiyeoun yeoja)
공원 안에 귀여운 강아지가 많아요 (gongwon ane gwiyeoun gangajiga manayo)
There are lots of cute dogs at the park.
Learning vocabulary words is a great way to help you learn the basics of a language, but your language learning will only really take off once you start attempting to have conversations in Korean. Take a look at our free list of Korean phrases or our full Korean course for all the help you will need when studying Korean.
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Now that you know how to say cute in Korean, you can start complimenting people on their “aegyo” or describing all of the cute things that you see in Korea!