• (RP) IPA: /ɡɜːl/, /ɡɛəl/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɡɝl/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ɡɵːl/, [ɡʏw]


  1. A female child, adolescent, or a young woman.
    • 2006, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness, volume 3 of Scott Pilgrim
      Scott: Hey, it's our 8-month anniversary.
      Envy: Really? I can't even believe you remember that stuff!
      Scott: Whoa, wait a second... Am I the girl in this relationship?
      Envy: You totally are!
  2. A young female animal.
  3. (sometimes, offensive) A woman, especially a young woman
  4. A female servant; a maid. (see usage notes)
  5. (uncommon, card games) A queen (the playing card.)
  6. (colloquial) A term of endearment. (see usage notes)
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, pp. 8–9:
      'Now, girls,' continued Healey, 'you're very high-spirited and that's as it should be but I won't have you getting out of hand...' Setting a spatted foot on the bench that ran down the middle of the changing-room with elegant distain, Adrian began to flip through the pile of Y-fronts and rugger shorts with his cane.
  7. One's girlfriend.
    • , The Girl from Hollywood
      There isn't any guy going to steal my girl!
  8. One's daughter.
    Your girl turned up on our doorstep.
  9. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A roebuck two years old.
  10. (US, slang, uncountable) Cocaine, especially in powder form.
    • 1969, Iceberg Slim, Pimp: The Story of My Life, Cash Money Content (2011), ISBN 9781451617139, page 43 ↗:
      She had taught me to snort girl, and almost always when I came to her pad, there would be thin sparkling rows of crystal cocaine on the glass top of the cocktail table.
    • 1977, Odie Hawkins, Chicago Hustle, Holloway House (1987), ISBN 0870673661, page 175 ↗:
      Elijah nodded congenially to the early evening regulars in the Afro Lounge, headed straight for the telephone hung midway between the mens and womens, his nose smarting from a couple thick lines of recently snorted girl.
    • 2005, K'wan, Hoodlum, St. Martin's Press (2005), ISBN 0312333080, page 185 ↗:
      After about an hour or two of half-ass sex and snorting girl, Honey was zoned out. […] She flexed her still numb fingers, trying to find a warmth that didn't seem to come. Cocaine always made her numb.
  11. (somewhat, childish) A female (tree, gene, etc).
    • 1950, Pageant:
      Are there “boy” trees and “girl” trees? Yes. A number of species, among them the yew, holly and date-bearing palm, have their male and female flowers on different trees. The male holly, for instance, must be planted fairly close to the female ...
    • 1970 [earlier 1963], Helen V. Wilson, Helen Van Pelt, Helen Van Pelt's African Violets, Dutton Adult (ISBN 9780801538582):
      Of the 100 percent total, 25 will have two girl genes, 50 will have one boy and one girl gene, and 25 will have two boy genes.
    • 1972, GSN Gesneriad Saintpaulia News: African Violets, Gloxinias, Other Gesneriads and Exotic Plants:
      When there are two "girl" genes the plant is a girl dwarf.
  12. (derogatory) A boy or man who is weak or sentimental.
    Synonyms: Jessie, sissy, wimp
    Don't be such a girl!
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girl (girls, present participle girling; past and past participle girled)

  1. (transitive) To feminize or girlify; to gender#Verb|gender as a girl or as for girls.
  2. (somewhat, informal) To staff with or as a girl or girls.
    • 1949, The New Yorker:
      Making our way past a one-girl switchboard temporarily girled by two frantic operators, we found the victorious president, Elliott A. Bowles, barely visible behind a heap of telegrams [...]
    • 1961, The Georgia Review:
      Her first shock came when the ship on which she and her husband arrived was met by three boats “girled” by “great, splendid creatures, as tall as our millionaires' tallest daughters, and as strong-looking as any of our college-girl athletes,” ...
    • 1986, Marcus Cunliffe, The Literature of the United States, New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books (ISBN 9780140225143):
      She and her Altrurian diplomat husband, arriving there by sea, are greeted by flower-laden boats, each not manned, but girled by six rowers, who pulled as true a stroke as I ever saw.
    • 2009, Linda Howard, Night Moves: Dream Man/After the Night, Simon and Schuster (ISBN 9781439188002), page 220:
      To her disappointment, the chatty Carlene DuBois wasn't behind the desk; instead it was manned—or girled—by a frothy little blonde who barely looked old enough to be out of high school.

Proper noun
  1. (astronomy) A Chinese constellation located near Aquarius, one of the 28 lunar mansions and part of the Black Turtle.

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