What does GIRL mean?

Definitions for GIRL

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman, fillenoun

    a young woman

    "a young lady of 18"

  2. female child, girl, little girlnoun

    a youthful female person

    "the baby was a girl"; "the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle"

  3. daughter, girlnoun

    a female human offspring

    "her daughter cared for her in her old age"

  4. girlfriend, girl, lady friendnoun

    a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved

    "his girlfriend kicked him out"

  5. girlnoun

    a friendly informal reference to a grown woman

    "Mrs. Smith was just one of the girls"


  1. girlnoun

    A young female (in contrast to boy), usually a child or adolescent.

    Amanda is a girl of 16.

  2. girlnoun

    Any woman, regardless of her age. See usage notes.

  3. girlnoun

    A female servant; a maid. See usage notes.

  4. girlnoun

    A boy with girl-like qualities, especially squeamishness.

    Stop being such a girl and punch back.

  5. girlnoun

    A queen (the playing card.)

  6. girlnoun

    A term of endearment. See usage notes.

  7. girlnoun

    a girlfriend.

    I'm going to meet my girl over there.

  8. girlnoun

    a daughter.

    Your girl turned up on our doorstep.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GIRLnoun

    A young woman, or female child.

    Etymology: About the etymology of this word there is much question: Meric Casaubon, as is his custom, derives it from ϰόρη, of the same signification; John Minsheu from garrula, Latin, a prattler, or girella, Italian, a weathercock; Franciscus Junius thinks that it comes from herlodes, Welsh, from which, says he, harlot is very easily deduced. Stephen Skinner imagines that the Saxons, who used ceorl for a man, might likewise have ceorla for a woman, though no such word is now found. Dr. Hickes derives it most probably from the Islandick karlinna, a woman.

    In those unfledg’d days was my wife a girl. William Shakespeare.

    And let it not displease thee, good Bianca;
    For I will love thee ne’er the less, my girl. William Shakespeare.

    A weather-beaten lover, but once known,
    Is sport for every girl to practise on. John Donne.

    Tragedy should blush as much to stoop
    To the low mimick follies of a farce,
    As a grave matron would to dance with girls. Wentworth Dillon.

    A boy, like thee, would make a kingly line;
    But oh, a girl, like her, must be divine! Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Girlnoun

    a young person of either sex; a child

  2. Girlnoun

    a female child, from birth to the age of puberty; a young maiden

  3. Girlnoun

    a female servant; a maidservant

  4. Girlnoun

    a roebuck two years old

  5. Etymology: [OE. girle, gerle, gurle, a girl (in sense 1): cf. LG. gr child.]


  1. Girl

    A girl is any female human from birth through childhood and adolescence to attainment of adulthood when she becomes a woman. The term may also be used to mean a young woman. The word is also often used as a synonym for daughter.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Girl

    gėrl, n. a female child: a young unmarried woman: a maid-servant.—n. Girl′hood, the state or time of being a girl.—adj. Girl′ish, of or like a girl.—adv. Girl′ishlyn. Girl′ishness. [Prob. from Old Low Ger. gör, a child, with dim. suffix -l.]

Editors Contribution

  1. girl

    A female human being with a vagina.

    A girl has distinct bodily functions to a boy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2020  

  2. girl

    A human being that produces ovum.

    A girl has distinct bodily functions different to a boy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GIRL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #643

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GIRL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #553

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GIRL' in Nouns Frequency: #115

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GIRL in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GIRL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of GIRL in a Sentence

  1. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images:

    We women all want to feel good in our skin, in the sport of gymnastics it gets harder and harder as you grow out of your child's body. As a little girl I didn't see the tight gym outfits as such a big deal. But when puberty began, when my period came, I began feeling increasingly uncomfortable.

  2. Trevanian from the novel "Shibumi":

    Melpomene was a substantial girl, thick of bosom, ankle, and forearm, rosy of cheek, and clear of eye. She seemed somehow incomplete without her hockey stick.

  3. Elisabeth Hagen:

    These are two tragedies, one with the girl and one with the mosque. I represent the mother of the girl.

  4. Oprah Winfrey:

    What I said was,' Thank you. Thank you, because I know it's been hard for you. It was hard for you as a young girl having a baby, in Mississippi. No education. No training. No skills. Seventeen, you get pregnant with this baby.

  5. Atul Khare:

    I personally hurt when a few weeks ago I saw the case of a 13-year-old girl ... who was left with a pregnancy. I think I am ashamed to call myself a peacekeeper on some of these days when I see cases like this, we need to find these culprits who bring a bad name to peacekeeping, who actually create problems within the country in which they find themselves, and most importantly who destroy young, innocent lives and we need to punish them in such a manner that nobody else in the future will ever think of doing that.

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