Google search engine being dominant, the verb "to google" is commonly used to mean "to search using Google", or more generally "to search on Internet".

Is there a Korean equivalent fo this verb in Korean?

Funnily, I could not find the answer using Google... the only thing I could find is that there is a 구글링 (Googling) entry on the Korean Wikipedia. I cannot fully understand it but it seems to be on the Western use. I am not sure if it says it is common in Korea or if a verb (구글하다 maybe?) exists.

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Korean verbing slang history

It's a common thing in English to verb (I mean ‘verb’ as a verb.) nouns, no matter whether they can be actually done or not. For example, grenade is not a thing can be done, but we would be able to say this is like, my fifth time I've 'naded you. in CS: GO. In Korean, however, it isn't.

Verbing un-doable nouns, is quite unusual in Korean. It can be barely found in some quite recent Korean slangs, since the I·SEOUL·U meme was created in 2016.

The <code>I·SEOUL·U</code> meme

The only thing we have is the noun

Korean has only a noun equivalent (slang) of to google: 구글링 [Romanized: gugeulling]. It means, well, googling; searching on Google, not any other search engines. There's no verb equivalent of it, such as 구글하다.

So the best you can do to express to google in Korean, would be 구글링 하다; to do googling. This is extremely common and natural to use. Note that, it's not a single word, so you have to space it between 구글링 (googling) and 하다 (to do).

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    "It's common thing in English to verb nouns". I see what you did here hh. Great answer.
    – Taladris
    Mar 21, 2018 at 1:05

Yes there is.

For example,

구글링 해 봐~ googling

구글 검색 해 봤어? / 구글에 검색해 봤어? Did you search on google?

구글에 쳐 봐 means literally typing on Google, but it actually means searching on Google.

검색 means to search. 구글링 is google + ing and Korean people use ing for when doing something (present participle)

(I have 26 years of experience in Korean.)

  • Please edit if I made some grammar mistake :p I been using English for 6 years.
    – tk0221
    Jan 8, 2017 at 9:38
  • Thank you. Is this for a search specifically using Google? Or any search on internet?
    – Taladris
    Jan 8, 2017 at 13:16
  • when people mention Google it means google search engine. Otherwise there is famous search engine name Naver. In that case we say 네이버에 검색해봐 ( search on Naver)
    – tk0221
    Jan 8, 2017 at 20:38

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