- young woman
- female child
Other Word Forms of Girl
Origin of Girl
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”)).
Middle English girle child, girl of unknown origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Mandarin Chinese 女宿 (Nǚxiù)
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