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How to say cute in Korean(15 Common Ways with examples)

See something so adorable that you can’t help but say it’s so cute? But how to say cute in Korean?

Now, you do 

Because “cute/aeygo” culture is a big part of Korea, you’ll run into it many times. In fact, many Korean women want to be seen as cute.  

So make sure you learn this word. It will help you make lots of friends and girlfriends in Korea.

here’s a quick guide on how to say “cute” in Korean plus related cute words, and phrases, and quick tips to add some cuteness to the way you speak Korean.

Are you Ready to say hi and show your cute side off in Korean? Let’s dive in.

How to Say CUTE in Korean

Cute in Korean is 귀엽다 (gwiyeopda).it is the basic dictionary form and literally means “to be cute You can use this word when you are talking to yourself.

Here’s how to say cute in Korean language in a formal, casual, and standard way with translations.

But If you are talking to someone else and you say ‘cute’ in Korean, then you must conjugate 귀엽다 into the relevant tense and politeness level depending on the age of the person you are talking to.

cute in korean language

 if you see a cute puppy on Instagram, you could say to yourself 귀엽다 to express that you think the puppy is so cute.

Please take a look at the different forms you can use.

Cute in Korean standard form

cute in korean the standard way

If you want to say cute in Korean standard form, just use 귀여워요 (gwi-yeo-weo-yo).

The 요[yo] ending makes it more polite and proper to use in situations where you have to show respect to the other person.

You can use this form when talking to people you are not close with or older than you like your teacher, boss, seniors, grandparents, parents-in-law, or strangers.


Cute in korean informal

how to say cute in korean the informal way

The Casual/Informal Way to Say Cute in Korean is 귀여워[gwi-yeo-weo] and it means “It’s cute”. If you want to say something is cute, you can use this directly before the noun. 

You can use this form when talking with people who are younger than you, close friends Or siblings. 

If you are in doubt, just use the standard version of cute 귀여워요 (gwi-yeo-weo-yo) to be safe.


Cute in Korean formal

how to say cute in korean the formal way

귀엽습니다 (gwiyeopseumnida) Is the most formal way to say “cute in Korean”. we take the dictionary form, drop the -da, and add seumnida (습니다) ending which makes it more formal.

But Koreans hardly use this in daily life conversations. because it sounds a bit awkward and unnatural. 

You can use the casual or polite forms most often.

This Korean word for cute is used mostly on TV, news, and presentations or when speaking to large audiences. 

You might have heard this formal form used to talk about aegyo celebrities and K-pop stars’ aegyo and cuteness.


The Peter Rabbit Museum is so cute. 

피터 래빗 박물관은 정말 귀엽습니다.

Dolphins are very cute. 

돌고래는 매우 귀엽습니다.

The toys are very cute. 

이 장난감은 매우 귀엽습니다.

How to Say Cute in Korean Slang

how to say cute in korean the slang  way

귀요미 (gwi-yo-mi) is a Korean slang word used to say someone is cute or acts really cute. Gwiyomi is literally translated as “cute little ear” or “cute little spoon”.

The whole word Gwiyomi is made up of two words such as Gwi (귀) means “ear” or “spoon” and  mi (미)  means cute 

You could use this to describe a baby, child, pet, boyfriend, or girlfriend. etc. 

It’s a very versatile slang word and usually, young guys love to use this word to describe their significant other.

How to Use “Cute in Korean Sentences with Modify a Noun

Well, we have looked at so the different words to describe cuteness, but how to use “Cute in Korean sentences by modifying a noun.

Sometimes you want to say cute cat instead of the cat is cute 

And here is how to do it

if you want to use “cute” to modify a noun, then you’d use the Korean word 귀여운 (gwiyeoun) before the noun.

For example, if you see a cute rabbit, you could say 귀여운 토끼(gwiyoun tokki)

How to say you are cute in Korean?

showing cuteness is a popular part of Korean culture

To say “you are cute” in Korean, you can just say 귀여워 for (informal), 귀여워요for  (polite), or 귀엽습니다 for (formal) situations. It can also mean It is cute.’, ‘He/She is cute.”

When speaking Korean often likes to drop the pronouns such as ‘you’, ‘he’, and ‘she’ from the sentence, if it is clear from the context who you are referring to.

But if you still want to say it, just add the pronoun ‘you’ and say ‘ 너는 귀여워 [neo-neun gwi-yeo-weo] means “You are cute’” in Korean. 

This is made up of the syllable 너 means ‘you’, the topic marking particle”는” and the verb 귀엽다 conjugated into the informal present tense.

How to say so cute in Korean?

Sometimes something or someone is just so adorable that , you can’t wait to compliment someone for their extreme cuteness by saying  ‘so cute’

Here’s how to say “so cute” in Korean.

“So cute in Korean” is translated as 너무 귀여워요 [neo-mu gwi-yeo-weo-yo]. It is made up of the two words 너무 means ‘too’ and the verb 귀엽다 conjugated into the polite present tense(귀여워요).


So cute!

너무 귀여워![neo-mu gwi-yeo-wo]


글씨체는 너무 귀여워요.-geulssicheneun nomu gwiyowoyo


반응은 귀엽다-ban-eung-eun gwiyeobda

귀염둥이 [gwi-yeom-dung-i]- Cutie’ in Korean.

귀염둥이 [gwi-yeom-dung-i] means Cutie’ in Korean. If your boyfriend/girlfriend is being very cute, you can call them a ‘cutie’. 

Thank you in Korean |How to respond when you are being called cute?

thank you in korean

감사합니다(Kam-sa-ham-ni-da) means “thank you” in Korean and is the standard way. You can use it to show respect to strangers, bosses, and elderly people. Koreans also use 고맙습니다(gomabseubnida) in all formal settings, whereas고마워 (gomawo) is for casual situations. You can use the phrases 고마워요 (gomawoyo)/ 감사해요 (gamsahaeyo) to show appreciation in a polite way.

So, Here is how to say thank you in Korean(formal & informal) in different situations.

  • Thank you in Korean informal – 고마워 (gomawo) 
  • Thank you in Korean polite – 고마워요 (gomawoyo) or 감사해요 (gamsahaeyo) 
  • Thank you in Korean formal – 감사합니다(kam-sa-ham-ni-da) or 고맙습니다 (gomabseubnida)
  • In Korean, there are multiple expressions of gratitude Like this 
  • Thank you in Korean slang  -감사 (gahm-sa)
  • Thank you in Korean while texting – ㄱㅅ

Even so, if you are a tourist or even a newbie to learning Korean, it is okay to learn only two expressions: the standard formal form 감사합니다(kam-sa-ham-ni-da) and the informal 고마워 (gomawo).

It is enough to give thanks to anyone in Korea.

  10 alternative Ways to Say cute in Korean

o   so cute IN KOREAN- 너무 귀여워요-nomu gwiyowoyo

o   you are pretty” in Korean-이뻐요- ippoyo

o   You are beautiful” in Korean-아름다우세요-aleumdauseyo

o   he’s cute-그는 귀엽다-geuneun gwiyoptta

o    THAT IS SO CUTE-너무 귀엽다-neomu gwiyeobda

o   lovely” in Korean-사랑스러워-sarangseurowo

o    WHY ARE YOU SO CUTE TODAY-오늘 왜 이렇게 귀여워요?

o   It’s cute right?-귀엽죠?-gwiyopjjyo

o    YOUR CHEEKS ARE SO CUTE-뺨은 너무 귀여워요.

o   You two are so cute-둘이 너무 귀여워-dul-i neomu gwiyeowo

o   SO CUTE, I WILL DIE-귀여워 죽겠다-gwiyowo jukkkettta

o   THIS IS CUTE-너무 귀여워-nomu gwiyowo

o   PRETTY IN KOREAN-예쁘다-yeppeuda


o   CUTE SMILE-귀여운 미소-gwiyeoun miso

o   NO, I AM NOT CUTE-아니, 난 귀엽지 않아

o   OMG SO CUTE-세상에 너무 귀여

What is Aegyo?

aegyo is Korean is a way of speaking and acting childish or babyish or cute in Korean.

It is so popular among Korean actors, especially K-pop idols and korean actresses.

Aegyo can also be a visual aesthetic — the way you dress (think like Hello Kitty-style) or how you present yourself.

it is also a way for women to flirt or show affection.

You can use this to tease your husband or boyfriend or to joke around if you hate aegyo culture.

How to act cute and show Aegyo?

There are lots of ways to use aegyo. 

You can show your cuteness by adding cute exaggerated endings or sending cute emojis while texting or your body language such as cute hand gestures and hearts. 

In fact, bbuing bbuing, or the “crying” gesture is a favorite among K-Pop idols.

basically, it comes down to context, tone, and cute hand gestures!

Here’s a video on how K-pop stars show their  aegyo 

If you want to use aegyo in speech, you’ll add the “m” or “ng” sound to the end

Here are a few examples

  • 오빠 (oppa) becomes  오빵 (oppang)
  • 어디야? (eodiya) becomes 어디얌? (eodiyam)
  • 배고파 (baegopa) becomes 배 고팡 (baegopang)
  • 헬로 (hello) to 헬롱 (hellong)

But remember, don’t do aegyo in the extreme like in Korean dramas. Some people hate it so much that you can drive the other person mad. 

If you’ve watched K-Dramas, you’ll know what I’m talking about here.

Watch this video below “Best funny aegyo scene in the Korean drama “which can show you how dramatic it can sound.

Cute Korean Words and Phrases

Okay, you know how to show your aegyo. 

Let’s learn some cute Korean words and phrases too. 

You can use these with your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband /wife or even with friends whenever you want to show your cuteness.

  • “I love you” – 사랑해요 (saranghaeyo)
  • Let’s date. 사귀자.
  • Hello my love. 안녕 내 사랑!.
  • I like you- 나 너 좋아해
  • I’ve got a crush on you. 나는 너에게 반했어.
  • “I miss you” – 보고 싶어 (bogo sipeo)
  • “You’re pretty” – 예쁘 네요 (yeppeuneyo)
  • “Mine”-Naekkeo 
  • “Sweetheart”-애인 (aein) 
  • “Prince”-왕자님 (wangjanim) 
  • “Princess”-공주님 (gongjunim) 
  • Do you want to date? 사귈래?
  • Don’t be so cold. 그렇게 쌀쌀맞게 대하지 마세요.
  • You are handsome. 잘 생겼어요!
  • You look pretty! 예쁘네요!
  • “Honey” or “Darling” – 여보 (yeobo)
  • I want to be with you- 같이 있고 싶어요.
  • “Baby” – 자기야 (jagiya)
  • Do you have time? 혹시 시간 있으세요?
  • Aren’t I cute?” – 내가 귀엽지? (naega gwiyeobji)
  • Don’t cry -울지 마
  • Give me a hug. 안아 줘.
  • I want to hug you. 안아주고 싶어.
  • “Be happy” – 행쇼 (haengsyo)
  • Good luck 화이팅
  • I’m happy. 행복해
  • “Don’t lie” – 뻥치지마 (ppeongchijima)
  • I want to kiss you. 뽀뽀하고/키스하고 싶어요.
  • “Buy this for me” (Make sure to be super whiny!) – 사줘 (sajwo)
  • “I promise” – 약속애요 (yaksokaeyo)


 Great job. You finally how to say cute in Korean and show your cuteness in Korean way. 

You can use the different forms to say cute in Korean language. but when you are doubtful just use the words for causal situations and for formal situations. 

Koreans will understand you. And if you want more examples, make sure you watch some Korean TV shows and see how aegyo is done.

But wait “Don’t go!”

if you want to learn Korean online, working with a private teacher is the way to go. Italki has awesome Korean teachers who can really make a difference compared to traditional courses.

cute in Korean

Korean might seem overwhelming at first, but with your teacher’s support, you’ll conquer your doubts and learn comfortably at your own pace.

Did you know any other show cuteness in Korean? Tell us in the comment below

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