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



    BrE BrE//pæl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæl//
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  1. 1(informal, becoming old-fashioned) a friend We've been pals for years. see also pen pal See related entries: Friends
  2. 2(informal) used to address a man in an unfriendly way If I were you, pal, I'd stay away from her!
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from Romany, ‘brother, mate’, based on Sanskrit bhrātṛ ‘brother’.Extra examples She became quite good pals with the woman in the shop. If I were you, pal, I’d stay away from her! Thanks—you’re a real pal. We’ve been pals for years.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pal