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First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as Middle Korean 놀다 (Yale: nwolta).


  • IPA(key)[ˈno̞ːɭda̠]
  • Phonetic Hangul[:]
Revised Romanization? nolda
Revised Romanization (translit.)? nolda
McCune–Reischauer? nolda
Yale Romanization? nōlta


놀다 (nolda) (infinitive 놀아, sequential 노니)

  1. to play, to frolic
    지난 주말에 친구와 놀았어요.
    Jinan jumare chin-guwa norasseoyo.
    Last weekend I hung out with friends.
  2. to enjoy oneself
  3. to idle away


Derived termsEdit

  • 놀이 (nori, “play, game, sport”)
  • 놀음 (noreum, “play, merrymaking, spree”)
  • 놀리다 (nollida, “to allow someone to play”)
  • 놀아나다 (noranada, “to take to fast living, to become a playboy”)
  • 논다니 (nondani, “prostitute, courtesan”)
  • 뛰놀다 (ttwinolda, “to romp, to frisk”)
  • 노리개 (norigae, “plaything, toy”)

Related termsEdit

  • 노래 (norae, “song”)
  • 노름 (noreum, “gambling”)
  • 노릇 (noreut, “job, duty”)

See alsoEdit

  • 넘다 (neomda, “to surpass, to go beyond”)