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EtymologyEdit

A group of girls in Sri Lanka.

From Middle English girle, gerle, gyrle (young person of either sex), of uncertain origin. Probably from Old English, from a diminutive form of Proto-Germanic *gurwijaz (compare Low German Gör, Göre (child of either sex), dialectal Norwegian gorre, dialectal Swedish garre, gurre (small child)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (short)[1] (compare Old Irish gair (short), Ancient Greek χρεώ (chreō, need, necessity), χρήσθαι (chrēsthai, to need), Sanskrit ह्रस्व (hrasva, short, small)).

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NounEdit

girl (plural girls)

  1. A young female human; (in contrast to boy), a female child or young adult.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or [] . And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.
    • 2013 July 19, Mark Tran, “Denied an education by war”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 1: 
      One particularly damaging, but often ignored, effect of conflict on education is the proliferation of attacks on schools [] as children, teachers or school buildings become the targets of attacks. Parents fear sending their children to school. Girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.
    Amanda is a girl of 16.
  2. Any woman, regardless of her age. (see usage notes)
  3. A female servant; a maid. (see usage notes)
  4. (figuratively, pejorative) A boy with girl-like qualities, especially squeamishness.
    Stop being such a girl and punch back.
  5. (uncommon) A queen (the playing card.)[2]
  6. (colloquial) A term of endearment. (see usage notes)
  7. A girlfriend.
    I'm going to meet my girl over there.
  8. A daughter.
    Your girl turned up on our doorstep.
  9. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A roebuck two years old.
  10. (US, slang) 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.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.

Usage notesEdit

  • (any woman, regardless of her age): Calling a grown woman a "girl" may be considered either a compliment or an insult, depending on context and sensibilities. In some cases, the term is used as a euphemism for virgin, to distinguish a female who has never engaged in sexual intercourse (a "girl") from one who has done so (and is a woman).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language, s.v. "girl" (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002).
  2. ^ * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523

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