From (sul, “spoon”) + (, jeo, “chopstick”). First attested in the Worin seokbo (月印釋譜 / 월인석보), 1459, as Middle Korean 수져 (Yale: swucye).


Revised Romanization? sujeo
Revised Romanization (translit.)? sujeo
McCune–Reischauer? sujŏ
Yale Romanization? swuce


수저 (sujeo)

  1. cutlery; spoon(s) and chopstick(s)

Derived termsEdit

  • 금수저 (geumsujeo, the high upper class, the wealthy and privileged, literally gold cutlery)
  • 은수저 (eunsujeo, the upper middle class or low upper class, literally silver cutlery)
  • 동수저 (dongsujeo, the middle class, literally bronze cutlery)
  • 흙수저 (heuksujeo, the lower class, the poor and unprivileged, literally dirt cutlery)

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