K-Pop Dictionary

Essential K-pop Lingo – Noan, Dongan, Honey Thighs, V Line and many more

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노안 Noan

“Face That Looks Older Than Actual Age”
The exact opposite of 동안 dong an.

Andy is only 22 but he has the face of a 40-year-old man. What’s more amazing is, his whole family looks older than their actual age. I guess they all have noan DNA running in their blood.

동안 Dong An

“Face That Looks Younger Than Actual Age”
A face that looks younger than actual age. This is a huge compliment, especially for a female idol.

Wonjun is in his 30’s but he looks like a teenager. Such a dong an he has!


MSG (monosodium glutamate) is an artificial seasoning that’s added to food to make it taste better. In Korean variety shows, people use the term to refer to someone who makes up, or exaggerates stories to make their stories more interesting.

Miguel: So I was like going 120 miles per hour and then this dude on a bike was tailgating me, so close to the point where I could count his nose hairs
Dan: Hey man… That’s impossible…! You’re putting too much MSG on your story!

무리수 Mu Ri Su

Going Too Far / Overambitious Attempt
“무리” (mu ri) means “impossibility” and “수’ (su) means “move.” The term originated in baduk, or go (board game in Asia), and refers to a bad, useless move made as a result of being overly ambitious. A close English expression is “biting off more than one can chew.”

I texted my crush “Hey, do you know who you look like? My future wife!”, and she replied “No. No. No.”. Oh boy… what a mu ri su I made.

Honey Thighs

“Nice Set of Thighs”

A nice set of thighs that are neither too fat or too skinny. The term “honey” is used figuratively to mean “best”.

I am doing 200 squats everyday so I can have honey thighs like Beyonce.

잼 Jaem

“Fun”, “Interest”
Kids’ and teenagers’ way of saying the word “재미” jae mi (“fun, interest”). It is used in conjunction with other adjectives (e.g., “빅” big “ 잼” jaem “fun” – “Much Fun”, “노 no 잼” “No Fun”. It is a very effective conversation-ender.

Randy: Do you want to hear a joke? One time…
Jayna: No thanks, your jokes are no jaem.

예헷 Yehet

“All Right”
The sound Oh Sehun, a member of EXO makes to express joy and satisfaction.

I finished my homework! Yehet

V Line

“Sleek Jaw Line”

The shape of a jaw line that resembles the alphabet V. It is a compliment because it symbolizes sleek jaw line which is an attribute associated with “small face”.

After losing so much weight, I got my V Line back.

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뉴페 New Pe

“New Member”
Its literal meaning is “New Face” 뉴new페이스 pe i seu (face – no F sound in Korean). While it is similar to “Newbie”, it doesn’t necessarily mean
someone inexperienced. It refers to someone who joins a group for the first time, regardless of their experience.

Ning: Boring! Aren’t we getting any new pe’s to our band this semester?
Jenna: I got a major overhaul through plastic surgery. Does that count as a new pe?

닭살 Dak Sal

“Goosebumps” “Disgusting”
In Korean, it has a dual meaning – 1) Disgusting (negative) – when seeing a couple performing a PDA (public display of affection) 2) Goose bumps
(positive) – when watching your favorite bias perform on the stage.

(At a KPOP idol concert)
Fan Girl 1: OMG!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!
Fan Girl 2: OPPA! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!
Fan Girl 3: MARRY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fan Girl 1: LOL I feel like a chicken. Look at all these dak sal.
Fan Girl 2 & 3: Buc Buc Buc Buc? Buc Buc Buc Buc!

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