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Of native Korean origin. Potentially derived from familiar case of 여보세요, indicative of a request for attention from the spouse to view something performed or viewed by the first party.


  • IPA(key)[jʌ̹bo̞]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? yeobo
Revised Romanization (translit.)? yeobo
McCune–Reischauer? yŏbo
Yale Romanization? yepo


여보 (yeobo)

  1. (my) darling, honey, sweetheart
    여보, 손님 오셨어요. 
    Yeobo, sonnim osyeosseoyo.
    Honey, you have a visitor.

Usage notesEdit

The term 여보 is used between significant others, such as a spouses, often as a polite replacement for a second person singular pronoun ( (neo) or 당신 (dangsin)).