Compound Verbs In Korean Using 뛰다 (To Jump)

In Korean, compound verbs are often constructed by connecting two existing verbs with 어/아. For those looking to expand their Korean verb vocabulary, understanding these patterns can be quite useful.

In this guide, we’ll explore compound verbs, starting with 뛰다 (to jump).

Note: 뛰다 can also mean ‘to run’.

뛰다 — To Jump

뛰어넘다 — To Jump Over

Components: 뛰 (jump) + 어 + 넘다 (to go over)


110미터 경주에는 주자가 높은 허들 10개를 뛰어넘어야 돼요.
In the 110m race, runners must jump over 10 tall hurdles.

뛰어내리다 — To Jump Down, Leap Off

Components: 뛰 (jump) + 어 + 내리다 (to lower, go down)


런던의 오래된 버스에는 뒷쪽에 문짝이 없는 출구가 있어서 승객들이 아무때나 뛰어내릴 수 있었어요.
On old London buses, the rear exit had no door, so passengers could leap off at any time.

뛰어오르다 — To Jump/Leap Up

Components: 뛰 (jump) + 어 + 오르다 (to go up)


농구공을 잡으려고 아주 높이 뛰어올랐어요.
He leapt very high to catch the basketball.

뛰어들다 — To Jump/Dive Into

Components: 뛰 (jump) + 어 + 들다 (to enter)


물속을 얼어붙을 듯이 추운데도 호수에 뛰어들었어요.
Even though the water was freezing cold, he dived into the lake.

뛰어나오다 — To Jump From/Off

Components: 뛰 (jump) + 어 + 나오다 (to come/step out)


스카이다이빙 했을 때 비행기에서 뛰어나오는 것이 가장 무서웠어요.
When I went skydiving, the scariest part was jumping from the airplane.


Understanding the various compound forms of 뛰다 can enrich your Korean vocabulary and help you express more nuanced actions. Stay tuned for more posts in this series, where we will explore other compound verbs!

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