Anonymous asked in TravelAsia PacificKorea · 1 decade ago

What does 'waygookin' mean?

Is it Korean for 'gringo'?

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    외국인 (waegukin - pronounced waygookin) means foreigner - non-Korean.

    it derives from Chinese language.

    외 (wae) means "out"

    국 (guk) means "country"

    --> as 미국 (miguk) for America, means the beautiful country (mi means beauty)

    --> and 한국 (hankuk) for Korea, means the country of the Han people.

    인 (in) means "person"

    --> as Korean, in Korean, is 한국인 (hangukin), meaning hankuk person (hanguk=Korea)

    no negative meaning.

  • Dawn V
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Megook is the real word for Gringo..

    Waygook-in ha-kyo means foreigner school..

    My daughter goes to Seoul Waygook-in-ha-kyo..(Seoul Foreign School)

    But some people refer to it as Megook-ha-kyo

    which means that it is heavily weighted towards Americans.

    (which is not even true, but compared to the other foreign schools, we do have more Americans)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It doesn't really mean "Gringo". It generally means a "Foreigner" rather than only "Gringo" or "Caucasian".

    Hope it helps.

    Source(s): I am Korean
  • 1 decade ago

    Koreans refer to anyone who is not of pure Korean blood as a way-gookin. The general meaning is "foreigner."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    'Waygookin' means just 'foreigner' Not mean west country person.

    'Gringo' = 'And'

    Source(s): I'm Korean
  • 1 decade ago

    It is the actual word for foreigner. it doesn't have any negative meaning. If they want to make fun of you, they will most likely personalize it based on something unusual in your appearance.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    To the best of my knowledge, it's a general term for a westerner. The "waygook" part means 'the west' and the "in" part is a root word for person/humanity.

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