I can’t find where the syllabus 구 comes from. What does 구 mean?


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As @user2326230 said, '구' in the '구남친' means old or ex-.

This 구 is written as 舊 in Chinese. https://hanja.dict.naver.com/#/entry/ccko/cf039f0ab84541778e6a31794fb76889

新 has the opposite meaning 'new'. Thus 구 and 신 are often used together as a single word '신구(新舊)' meaning old and new as in a phrase 新舊交代 (Exchange between the old and the new).

  • That answer has already been given.
    – Chenmunka
    Feb 9, 2023 at 18:26
  • @Chenmunka I partially disagree. I wanted add some extra information.
    – user67275
    Feb 9, 2023 at 19:43

As user13229973 mentioned, '구' means 'old' or 'past'. '구' or '전' 남친 can be translated to 'ex-boyfriend'. But, I'm not sure if this is what the originator wants. There would be more accurate answer if a sample sentence be provided.

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