Here are terms commonly found in webtoons.

  • Jjang (Hangul: 짱): in manhwa with gangs, the boss often the best fighter in the school.
  • kkomaengi (Hangul: 꼬맹이) is an art style greatly resembling chibi style of Japanese manga. The main difference is the characters in chibi style are two heads high while characters done in kkomaengi style are three heads high.
  • Manhwa (Hangul: 만화, Hanja: 漫画) Outside of Korea, manhwa usually refers to a Korean comic book.
  • Manhwaga (Hangul: 만화가, Hanja: 漫画家) is the Korean word for a comic artist or cartoonist. Outside of Korea, manhwaga refers to the author of the manhwa, who is usually Korean.
  • Sonyun Manhwa (Hangul: 소년만화): A manhwa demographic age group covers young boys.
  • Sunjung Manhwa (Hangul: 순정만화, Hanja: 純情漫畵) is a genre of manhwa. It's romance manhwa.
  • Episode: It's the webtoon term for a story arc which covered over several chapters.
  • Season: It's the webtoon term for a overarching story arc that has several episodes.


  • Ajumma (Hangul: 아줌마) - Aunt, also the term for addressing older women.
  • Ajusshi/ajussi (Hangul: 아저씨) - uncle, also the term for addressing older men with age of around 55
  • Nuna (Hangul: 누나) “Older sister” used by a male to a female. Again, can be used between blood siblings or merely people who are close friends.
  • Oppa (Hangul: 오빠)(Elder brother) A respectful Korean term used by females to call older males such as older male friends or older brothers
  • Unni (Hangul: 언니) Older sister (addressed by female)
  • Hyung:  (Hangul: 형) A friendly way of addressing an older man or an older brother near your age if you are a guy.
  • Sunbae: (Hangul: 선배) Is used to address senior colleagues, classmates or mentor figures. For example students referring to more senior students in school as Sunbae. (Same as senpai in Japanese)
  • Hubae: (Hangul: 후배) Is used to refer to juniors. Might be a junior colleague or a classmate. For example students referring to younger students in school as Hubae. (Same as Kohai in Japanese)
  • Nari: (Hangul: 나리) Was used by commoners in the Joseon Dynasty to refer to people of higher status but bellow “His Excellency”.
  • Seonsaeng:  (Hangul: 선생) Commonly translated as “teacher” has more formality and is used to show respect to the addressee. (Same as the Japanese honorific Sensei)
  • Nim: (Hangul: 님) a formal respectful way of addressing someone older than you.
  • Ssi: (Hangul: 씨) a formal way of addressing someone you do not know or are unfamiliar with.