Girl meaning

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A young, unmarried woman.
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(often offensive) A woman.
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The definition of girl is a female under aged 18, or a persons' child or girlfriend, or a group of woman friends.

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.

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A daughter.

Our youngest girl.

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Any woman, regardless of her age. (see usage notes)
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A female child.
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(informal) A daughter.
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A female child.
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A female servant; a maid. (see usage notes)
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(figuratively, pejorative) A boy with girl-like qualities, especially squeamishness.

Stop being such a girl and punch back.

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(uncommon) A queen (the playing card.)
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(colloquial) A term of endearment. (see usage notes)
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I'm going to meet my girl over there.

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Your girl turned up on our doorstep.

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(US, slang) Cocaine, especially in powder form.
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(astronomy) A Chinese constellation located near Aquarius, one of the 28 lunar mansions and part of the Black Turtle.
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(offensive) A female servant or employee.
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A young female human; (in contrast to boy), a female child or young adult.

Amanda is a girl of 16.

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A female servant or other employee.
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(informal) A woman of any age, married or single.
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(informal) A female sweetheart.

Cadets escorting their girls to the ball.

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Origin of girl

  • Middle English girle child, girl of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • From Mandarin Chinese 女宿 (Nǚxiù)

    From Wiktionary