U+C57C, 야
Composition: +

Hangul Syllables

애 ←→ 얘
See also: -야



  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ja̠(ː)]
  • Phonetic hangul: [(ː)]
    • Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
Revised Romanization?ya
Revised Romanization (translit.)?ya
Yale Romanization?

Etymology 1Edit

Imitative. Compare Arabic يَا().



  1. (colloquial, only to social equals or inferiors) hey!
    ! 전화번호 까먹었단 이야!Ya! Ni jeonhwabeonho kkameogeotdan mar-iya!Hey! I forgot your phone number!
    ! 일로 .Ya! Neo illo wa-bwa.Hey! You, come here.
  2. woah; used to convey excitement.
Usage notesEdit
  • It is rude to use this to people of greater social status, or in formal contexts even to social inferiors. For example, an older sibling can use this to call a younger sibling, but the reverse is not possible.

Etymology 2Edit

Sino-Korean word from ((of a woman's look) seductive).


(ya) (hanja )

  1. Root of 야하다 (yahada, to be lewd, to be NSFW, to be erotic). Rarely used alone.


야— (ya-) (hanja )

  1. (colloquial) lewd, NSFW, porn, sexy
    (ya) + ‎ (jjal, (Internet slang) pic, photo) → ‎야짤 (yajjal, porn photo)
    (ya) + ‎ (gem, (Internet slang) video game) → ‎야겜 (yagem, porn game)

Derived termsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

Sino-Korean word from (countryside; out of office).


(ya) (hanja )

  1. (politics) opposition party
    Synonyms: 야당(野黨) (yadang), 야권(野圈) (yagwon)
    Antonym: 여(與) (yeo, ruling party)
    Coordinate term: 여야(與野) (yeoya)
Usage notesEdit
  • Usually written in hanja form in news headlines, even in contemporary text otherwise devoid of Chinese characters.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 4Edit

Modern Korean reading of various Chinese characters.



Extended content
  1. : field
    (eumhun reading: (deul ya))
    (MC reading: (MC d͡ʑɨʌX, jiaX))
  2. : night
    (eumhun reading: (bam ya))
    (MC reading: (MC jiaH))
  3. : Literary Chinese particle
    (eumhun reading: 어조사 (eojosa ya))
    (MC reading: (MC jiaX))
  4. : bellows
    (eumhun reading: 풀무 (pulmu ya))
    (MC reading: (MC jiaX))
  5. : Literary Chinese particle
    (eumhun reading: 어조사 (eojosa ya))
    (MC reading: (MC jia))
  6. : used in toponyms
    (eumhun reading: 이름 (ttang ireum ya))
    (MC reading: )
  7. : to lead
    (eumhun reading: 이끌 (ikkeul ya))
    (MC reading: (MC ȵiaX, ȵɨɐk̚))
  8. : palm tree
    (eumhun reading: 야자나무 (yajanamu ya))
    (MC reading: (MC jia))
  9. : father
    (eumhun reading: 아비 (abi ya))
    (MC reading: )
  10. : to mock
    (eumhun reading: 놀릴 (nollil ya))
    (MC reading: )
  11. : used in Sanskrit transliteration
    (eumhun reading: 반야 (banya ya))
    (MC reading: (MC ȵia, ȵiaX, ȵɨɐk̚))