A cute little girl.
- A young 15-year-old female is an example of someone who would be considered a girl.
- Your female child is an example of someone you would consider your girl.
- A group of women having fun might be called going out with the girls.
- a female child
- a young, unmarried woman
- a female servant or other employee: sometimes considered a patronizing term
- Informal a woman of any age, married or single: sometimes considered a patronizing term
- Informal girlfriend (sense )
- Informal a daughter
Origin of girlMiddle English girle, gurle, youngster of either sex from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old English an unverified form gyrele, probably akin to Low German göre, German dialect, dialectal gör, girl from Indo-European base an unverified form ?her-, small from source Old Irish gair, short
- A female child.
- A daughter: our youngest girl.
- Often Offensive A woman.
- Informal a. A woman socializing with a group of women: a night out with the girls.b. Used as a familiar form of address to express support of or camaraderie with a woman.
- Informal A female sweetheart: cadets escorting their girls to the ball.
- Offensive A female servant or employee.
Origin of girlMiddle English girle child, girl of unknown origin
- A young female human; (in contrast to boy), a female child or young adult.
- Amanda is a girl of 16.
- Any woman, regardless of her age. (see usage notes)
- A female servant; a maid. (see usage notes)
- (figuratively, pejorative) A boy with girl-like qualities, especially squeamishness.
- Stop being such a girl and punch back.
- (uncommon) A queen (the playing card.)
- (colloquial) A term of endearment. (see usage notes)
- A girlfriend.
- I'm going to meet my girl over there.
- A daughter.
- Your girl turned up on our doorstep.
- (US, slang) Cocaine, especially in powder form.
- (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 (is a woman).
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”) (compare Old Irish gair (“short”), Ancient Greek χρεώ (chreō, “need, necessity”), χρήσθαι (chrēsthai, “to need”), Sanskrit ह्रस्व (hrasva, “short, small”)).
From Mandarin Chinese 女宿 (Nǚxiù)