Kpop Terms Every Fan Needs To Know

If you’re new to the K-pop world and confused with all the terminologies, then this guide may help you a bit to understand what everyone else has been talking about! Or, if you are a veteran and just here to test yourself, then have fun flaunting your knowledge!


Literally means 'acting cute' or 'adorable' through certain innocent and childlike expressions. Aegyo is considered to be a huge part of the K-pop culture and both female & male idols show their Aegyo charms from time to time which the fans love to see.


When a song or album hits the top in all the major Korean music charts such as Melon, Naver etc. after its release at the same time.


Short for Anti fans, these are people who unite against a particular artist/group to critique and discuss their flaws.


Bias refers to a fan’s favourite member in a K-pop group. One of the most talked about topics among fans, it is the person you are most attracted to. One may even term a person as their ‘Ultimate Bias’ meaning that they consider them the best among all others in the whole industry.

Bias Wrecker

Bias wrecker is the idol who captures your attention in a way making you rethink whether your bias is the one for you or not.


When a group/idol comes back with a new music album, it’s termed as a comeback. Comebacks usually have a concept which describes the type of music or performances the fans would be able to see.


Meaning the ‘grand prize’, the Daesang award is one of the highest honours that a group/artist can achieve. It is awarded at two prominent award ceremonies namely the ‘Golden Disk Awards’ and the ‘Seoul Music Awards’ based on the sales of both digital and physical records 

Fan Chant

This usually involves shouting out the names of all members during songs or collectively repeating back lyrics as a show of support.


All fans of a particular artist/group are collectively known as a fandom with specific names in K-pop culture. One may even be a fan of multiple groups and thus be a part of ‘Multi Fandom’. 


One of the most common gestures showing love through a small heart shape, using the thumb and index fingers.


The SBS Gayo Daejun, MBC Gayo Daejun, and KBS Gayo Daechukje are the year end shows hosted by the three major broadcasting companies of Korea (SBS, MBC & KBS) packed with special stages, performances and various interesting collaborations.


Hallyu or the ‘Korean wave’ is a term used to describe the spread of the south Korean culture and entertainment throughout the globe.


Korean culture values respect for elders which is why they use the honorifics while addressing others. Both the idols and fans may use such terms in K-pop. For example, a male calls an older male 'Hyung' and an older female 'Noona' whereas a female would call an older male 'Oppa' and an older female 'Unnie.' It has been seen that many female fans use 'Oppa' to refer to their favourite idols regardless of age. Similarly, the terms Sunbae/Hoobae are used to denote the Senior/Junior relationships.


A Korean form of the English Word 'Fighting' is commonly used as a source of encouragement or while cheering someone.


The custom made ‘Glowsticks’ or ‘Fan lights’ are a symbol of fans’ love and support towards their favourite groups excitedly waved at concerts or even award shows in unity.


This term refers to the youngest member of a group. Similar to this, there can be Evil Maknaes, a playful term for those who are mischievous, Golden Maknaes, who exhibit immense talent and variety despite their young age or even Fake Maknaes, who maybe elder members but deemed as Maknaes because of their innocent appearance or behaviour.


A 'Ment’ denotes the period during which artists interact with fans through speeches or introductions at K-pop concerts.


Netizens or literally ‘Citizens of the Internet’ refer to both native or international K-pop fans who either support their idols over the internet or critique various artists over different basis.


Also known as “Original Soundtrack,” an OST refers to songs written specifically for a Korean drama. Many idols lend their voices to record such tracks from time to time.


These are special cards usually included in the physical albums with a rare photo of a random member of the group as a bonus for fans.


This refers to an artist, actor or group who have just debuted and are new to the industry.


This term is used to refer to obsessive fans who go out of their way and may even resort to threatening or stalking certain artists and idols.


Short for Self Camera, it is the Korean word for 'Selfie'


Big K-pop groups may have smaller units under them who release music separately apart from their main groups giving those specific members a chance to showcase their talents or try different genres of music. For example- Exo CBX is one of the sub-units in Exo comprising of members Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin.


Major entertainment companies scout various talents and then train them to debut as artists or groups in the K-pop industry. Thus all idols are trainees till the time they debut. The training is done in various fields including dance, vocals, languages among others and the period may differ accordingly.


It’s the Korean way of typing the smiley face and the term is used to express extreme joy or a mix of overwhelming emotions.


One of the most famous platforms that idols use to communicate with their fans through live streams, video series or even posting unseen footage.

So what are you waiting for? Go get your lightsticks and shout out the fanchants!

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Annyeong! I was introduced to K-pop through a friend of mine in 2017 and since then, I've been stuck into this world of Korean music, food and dramas.This blog was created to share my love for this culture with all of you. Hope you like it!


  1. Feeling proud that I know most of these terms!��


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