Jjang meaning explained: It appears in various forms – jjang, kkaep jjang, illjjang – but what does the South Korean word jjang actually mean, and how is it used?

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What does jjang mean?

A quick disclaimer here – unfortunately I don’t speak Korean, other than what I’ve garnered from Duolingo & a few words picked up during taekwonbởi training. As such, I’m heavily reliant on the helpful translations I’ve sầu found.

It’s possible Korean readers of The Focus may be left cringing by any errors here, for which I apologise in advance!

But with that said…


The word jjang means ‘best’.It’s also used as a title to lớn mean ‘chief’. As someone on Quora explained, it conveys someone or something is ‘superb’, ‘superior or dominant’, ‘the best person’.

Ahy vọng young people especially it has been used as slang to convey a general sense of excellence.In popular slang, it not only means best but also ‘awesome’.

YouTuber Granny Klặng, from Sweet And Tasty TV, gives a mocking frown at the idea. She tells us on light-hearted tutorial Korean Word Of The Week, jjang is “sometimes confused with daebak”, which means ‘big win’ or ‘awesome’.

While acknowledging the popular use of jjang, she points out: “Just because something is daebak, doesn’t mean it’s jjang!”

Regardless, jjang is often used khổng lồ mean awesome as well as best, especially aý muốn young people.Some social media posts note it’s becoming less popular as a term amuốn South Korean youth, but it has far from disappeared.


BTS và ARMY = THE jjangest Family!!#jjang pic.twitter.com/dhKbpXlihJ

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