A friend sent the following text:

네 ㅋㅋㅋ 곧, 한국어 초고수 되곘어요

I tried to look up 초고수, but couldn't find it in the dictionary. What does it mean here? I assume it is somehow related to 고수?

  • 초 means "extremely", or "super". Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 12:53

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is a korean prefix used to add a meaning "super" or "extremely".

Its origin is a Chinese letter , which means transcending.

It's often used to exaggerate.

So 초고수 can be translated to super 고수.


초고효율적이다. Super effective.

초인. A person that has abilities that transcends normal people.

But please do not confuse with:


This means vinegar(醋).

  • 초....고.... 추......장 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 너무 재미있네요.
    – codingboy
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 11:27
  • @김성훈 네 재미있죠.....ㅋㅋ Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 15:40
  • Please note that 초재미있다 is colloquial. Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 15:46

고수 : outstanding person

초고수 : 어떤 분야나 집단에서 기술이나 능력이 극도로 뛰어난 사람.

At some area or group, extremely outstanding person in skill or competence

refer : http://dic.daum.net/word/view.do?wordid=kkw000836243&supid=kku010881220

And I will enumerate places where we can hear the word 고수

1) Private institution : 고수의 비법, 영어의 고수 master's way, master of English

2) Go TV program

3) Game

4) Martial art cartoon book (or novel) : 검의 고수 sword master

5) Recently, it is frequently used in some housekeeping TV program.

  • 3
    고수 is widely used in the gaming community, especially - so much so that it has essentially been adopted in English as a loanword : Wiki
    – J...
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 18:04

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