Difference Between 덥다 and 뜨겁다 

 October 7, 2021

By  Satish Satyarthi

덥다 뜨겁다 difference

덥다 and 뜨겁다 both mean hot, but 덥다 is generally used with weather or ambient temperature, whereas 뜨겁다 is usually used with food items or objects that are ‘hot to touch’. 

Examples with usage of 덥다 and 뜨겁다:

오늘 날씨가 더워요 – The weather is hot today.

음식이  뜨거워요 – The food is hot.

방이 너무 더워요 – The room is very hot.

컴퓨터가 너무 뜨거워졌어요. The computer has become too hot.

But sometimes, to emphasize the degree of hotness/heat, 뜨겁다 can be used like 덥다 as well.

날씨가 정말 뜨겁네요. The weather is scorching hot.


A similarly used word is 따뜻하다 which means ‘warm’ or ‘mildly hot’.

따뜻한 물을 마십시오. Please drink warm water.

Also Check : Difference Between 춥다 and 차갑다

Satish Satyarthi

I am Satish, a Korean language learner and educator. I did my Bachelors degree in Korean language from JNU, Delhi and Masters degree in Korean Language Education from Seoul National University, South Korea. and an M.Phil. in Korean from JNU. I have a passion for education and technology. I have been involved in Korean language education and research for more than 10 years and have trained hundreds of Korean language learners across the globe, online and in physical classrooms.

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