Definition of girl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡɜːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡɜːrl//
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  1. 1  [countable] a female child a baby girl a little girl of six Hello, girls and boys! see also poster child See related entries: Youth
  2. 2  [countable] a daughter Our youngest girl is at college.
  3. 3  [countable] (sometimes offensive) a young woman Alex is not interested in girls yet. He married the girl next door.
  4. 4[countable] (usually in compounds) (old-fashioned, offensive) a female worker an office girl
  5. 5[countable] (old-fashioned) a man’s girlfriend He’s taking his girl home to meet his parents.
  6. 6girls [plural] (used especially as a form of address by women) a woman’s female friends I'm having a night out with the girls. Good morning, girls!
  7. 7[singular] old girl (often offensive) an old woman, especially somebody’s wife or mother How is the old girl these days?
  8. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a child or young person of either sex): perhaps related to Low German gör ‘child’.Extra examples Tracey is known for being a party girl. When she was a little girl, she dreamed of becoming a ballerina. A crowd of teenage girls waited outside to catch a glimpse of the star. He’s taking his girl home to meet his parents. One of the girls giggled nervously. She’s a bright little girl. Three people were injured, including a nine-year-old girl. He met a French girl while he was at university. One of the girls at work told me about it. Our youngest girl wants to go to art college. She handed her card over to the girl behind the counter. They’ve had a baby girl.Idioms (British English, informal) a weak man, who is not brave or confident
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