Korean Edit

Etymology Edit

Borrowed from English boyfriend.

Pronunciation Edit

Revised Romanization?boipeurendeu
Revised Romanization (translit.)?boipeulendeu
Yale Romanization?poi.phuleyntu

Noun Edit

보이프렌드 (boipeurendeu)

  1. (dated) boyfriend
    Synonyms: 남자친구(男子親舊) (namjachin'gu), 남친(男親) (namchin, colloquial)
    Coordinate term: 걸프렌드 (geolpeurendeu)

Usage notes Edit

This term was common in the 1960s and 1970s to denote the novel social concept of "boyfriend", then newly introduced from the West, but has now been displaced by the native coinage 남자친구 (namjachin'gu). The borrowing is today rarely used, and then most often as an intentional reference to the English word boyfriend or the Japanese equivalent ボーイフレンド (bōifurendo) (e.g. in foreign contexts, or in genres that intentionally emulate foreign writing).