100 Most Basic Korean Adjectives 

 February 16, 2018

By  Satish Satyarthi

This is a list of 100 most basic and important Korean adjectives. Memorizing these adjectives will improve your Korean and also help you in the TOPIK Test.

Also Read: 100 Most Common Korean Verbs

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Word Meaning
Alright, Ok 괜찮다
Angry 화나다
Annoyed 짜증나다
Bad 나쁘다
Beautiful 아름답다
Big 크다
Bitter 쓰다
Bored 심심하다
Boring, Dull 지루하다
Brave 씩씩하다
Cheap 싸다
Chilly, Frosty 싸늘하다
Chubby 통통하다
Clean 깨끗하다
Cloudy 흐리다
Cold (Regarding Weather) 춥다
Cold, Icy, Chilly (Regarding Touch, Objects) 차갑다
Comfortable 편하다
Convenient 편리하다
Cool, Refreshing 시원하다
Cute 귀엽다
Damp, Clammy, Wet 축축하다
Damp, Moist, Humid 습하다
Delicious, Tasty 맛있다
Different 다르다
Difficult 어렵다
Dirty 더럽다
Dry 건조하다
Dry, Arid 건조하다
Early 이르다
Easy 쉽다
Embarrassed 당황하다
Empty 비어 있다
Expensive 비싸다
Fast 빠르다
Fat, Overweight 뚱뚱하다
Fatty, Greasy, Oily 기름지다
Few, Little 적다
Fresh 신선하다
Full, Crammed 가득하다
Get Wet, Damp 젖다
Glad, Happy 기쁘다
Good Looking 잘생기다
Good-Natured, Nice 착하다
Good, Fine 좋다
Happy 행복하다
Hard, Stiff 딱딱하다
Healthy 건강하다
High 높다
Hot (Touch, Objects) 뜨겁다
Hot (Weather) 덥다
Hungry 배가 고프다
Inconvenient 불편하다
Interesting 재미있다
Jammed, Crowded 복잡하다
Late 늦다
Less 적다
Lots, Many 많다
Loud, Noisy 시끄럽다
Mean, Nasty 비열하다
Moist 촉촉하다
Narrow 좁다
New, Fresh 새롭다
Not Interesting, Boring 재미없다
Not Tasty 맛없다
Old (Regarding Objects) 오래되다
Pretty 예쁘다
Quiet 조용하다
Sad 슬프다
Salty 짜다
Scary 무섭다
Sharp, Pointed 날카롭다, 뾰족하다
Shy 수줍다
Sick, Painful 아프다
Similar 비슷하다
Skinny, Scrawny 깡마르다
Sleepy 졸리다
Slim, Slender 날씬하다
Slippery 미끄럽다
Slow 느리다
Small 작다
Smart, Clever 똑똑하다
Soft 부드럽다
Soft, Tender, Ripe 말랑하다
Sour 시다, 시큼하다
Spicy 맵다
Strong, Sturdy 강하다, 튼튼하다
Stupid, Foolish 멍청하다
Surprised 놀라다
Sweet 달다, 달콤하다
Same 같다
Thirsty 목이 마르다
Tired, Exhausted 피곤하다
Ugly 못생기다
Uncomfortable 불편하다
Urgent 급하다
Warm 따뜻하다
Weak, Feeble 약하다
Weird, Strange 이상하다
Wide, Broad 넓다
  • hey Satish, thank you so much for posting this article. I was thinking about traveling to Korean these days, and these words are very helpful to learn to use for daily conversation with various words as well! Such a nice post you shared for us, Please keep up with your great work Satish and i will come back to check your new post soon,thank you!

  • Hi Satish, thanks for this list! It’ll come in useful when I start preparing for TOPIK. May I check what’s the difference between 촉촉하다 & 축축하다 in terms of application in sentences?

    • Okay 촉촉하다 is a Positive Term of “How Wet or How Moist” For Food and Skin It is Adjective form describing how much wet it is Since your Describing the object that is already wet.

      not to Desccribe the Object is Actually Wet.

      피부가 촉촉하다 The Skin is Glossy(Moisturized)
      케이크가 촉촉하다 The Cake is Moist (Mushy) Focusing on the Subject how wet it is.
      There is no exact translation for 촉촉하다

      축축하다 is a Negative Term of “How Wet or How Moist”
      For Wet Shoes , Wet Blanket, Wet Clothes,
      신발이 축축하다 Shoes are Soaked( Wet)
      이불이 축축하다 Blanket is wet

  • These words are in verb form for some reason. -하다 means “to do” and is used to give unconjugated forms of verbs. Adjectives should end in -인, -은, -운, etc so they describe an object or thing rather than talking about an action.

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