First attested in the Yongbi eocheonga (龍飛御天歌 / 용비어천가), 1447, as Middle Korean ᄂᆞᆾ (Yale: nòch). In Seoul Korean, largely displaced by 얼굴 (eolgul), which originally meant "appearance" in general but narrowed to "face" in the eighteenth century.
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낯 • (nat)
- (less common or dialectal) face; countenance
느 낯 씪었나? (Gyeongsang dialect, Changwon)
- Neu nat ssikkeonna?
- Did you wash your face?
웃는 낯에 침을 뱉다
- unneun nach-e chim-eul baetda
- to spit on a laughing face
- Synonym: (more common) 얼굴 (eolgul)
- (uncommon) honour; face
선비의 집 자식으로 어디 내놓아도 낯깎일 일 없을 놈이었다.
- Seonbi-ui jip jasig-euro eodi naenoa-do natkkakkil il eopseul nom-ieotda.
- Being a man of scholar family, he was never to lose his honor anywhere.
- Synonym: (more common) 체면(體面) (chemyeon)