Due to some stuff going on in my life, I will not be writing new Korean grammar articles. However, I won’t neglect your trusty hanja word drills and word of the day posts. Today’s hanja we will cover is a hanja you have perhaps used without realizing it is a hanja. The hanja of today is 兄 [형]. Let’s give this little character a closer look.

Hanja #17: 兄 – 형 형

It might surprise you to learn, but the word 형 (older brother) is not a native Korean word. It is, as you have figured out by now due to this post, a Sino-Korean word. The hanja is 兄 [형] and as you have guessed, it represent “older brother”. Like with that other familial hanja 父 [부], this character you will generally use only in vocabulary related to family and family ties. That family vocabulary is both interesting and scary at the same time. I’m thinking of writing a big piece on Korean family vocabulary in the near future.

There is another meaning (and pronunciation), but that is only interesting for classical Korean. Yet , you really need to know the 음훈 of 兄 for that is 두려워할 황.

If you happen to know any other word you think has this 兄 [형] , let us know in the comments.

Our 兄 Vocabulary List

*Meanings written in italics are the meanings when you use the noun as a 하다 verb.

한국어 Meaning 한자어
Older brother (used by younger brothers)
형제 Brothers
Hanja Word Drill: 兄 – 형 형
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Hanja Word Drill: 兄 – 형 형