The Many Verbs for “Wear” in Korean Infographic

Verbs for wear in Korean

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  • Emi Doll (恵美)
    Nov 9,2014 at 3:19 pm

    Great informative learning post ^^

    恵美より ♥

  • randomyeah.
    Oct 27,2014 at 1:24 pm

    but 끼다 can be also used for wearing glasses, right?
    and there is also 가방을 들다 for bags you wear on your shoulders, usually woman bags ^^

  • XiaoVee
    Oct 23,2014 at 4:43 pm

    So useful 😀 thanks Dom & Hyo

  • 해붕
    Oct 22,2014 at 3:25 pm


  • ARL
    Oct 18,2014 at 12:56 am

    Wow, I only knew half of these. What about the verb “to clean?” I know 씻다, 청소하다, and 닦다. Are there any more?

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Oct 21,2014 at 1:57 pm

      I’ll have to ask Hyo about anymore, but you are right about how many there are. I alo wanna find out why they have so many verbs for the same action lol.

      • Anna Tzanova
        Oct 22,2014 at 3:53 am

        May be one of those is used only as honorific? Same as 먹다 and 드시다.

        • Maëva Thiebaut
          Oct 22,2014 at 7:14 am

          If you wany to use honorific it will be only for others and will include 시 like 쓰시다

      • Paul
        Oct 30,2014 at 3:27 am

        I think you’ll find that each of these describes the action. In other words, the verbs have more breadth of use than merely wearing a certain article of clothing. Whilst I haven’t encountered any of these verbs in other contexts yet myself, this is how it works in Japanese. My dictionary at least seems to provide some plausible explanations in its list of homonyms. English has a similar thing colloquially with say, slipping on a shirt and slapping on a hat.

        Thank you for compiling such a neat list of them though!

    • Elias Junior
      Oct 22,2014 at 5:49 pm

      세수 = the face
      설거지 = the dishes
      빨래 / 세탁 = the clothes

      they all can combine with 하다 like 청소 D:

    • May 31,2015 at 11:46 pm

      I collected the usages of cleaning or washing verbs in Korean.

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