GIRL

daughter, girl

(noun) a female human offspring; “her daughter cared for her in her old age”

girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman, fille

(noun) a young female; “a young lady of 18”

girl

(noun) a friendly informal reference to a grown woman; “Mrs. Smith was just one of the girls”

girlfriend, girl, lady friend

(noun) a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved; “his girlfriend kicked him out”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

girl (countable and uncountable, plural girls)

A female child, adolescent, or a young woman.

A young female animal.

(sometimes, offensive) A woman, especially a young woman

A female servant; a maid. (see usage notes)

(uncommon, card games) A queen (the playing card.)

(colloquial) A term of endearment. (see usage notes)

One's girlfriend.

One's daughter.

(UK, dialect, obsolete) A roebuck two years old.

(US, slang, uncountable) Cocaine, especially in powder form.

(somewhat, childish) A female (tree, gene, etc).

(derogatory) A boy or man who is weak or sentimental.

Synonyms: Jessie, sissy, wimp

Usage notes

• (any woman, regardless of her age): An adult calling a grown woman a "girl" may be considered either a compliment or an insult, depending on context and sensibilities. In some cases, the term is used as a euphemism for virgin, to distinguish a female who has never engaged in sexual intercourse (a "girl") from one who has done so (and is a woman). Even if the word "girl" in most cases is not meant to be derogatory, it may still be patronising sometimes, especially when used to address someone older than oneself.

• (term of endearment): When used as a term of endearment, it can be used for someone female or, in some contexts, for someone male, such as the use within the gay community.

Synonyms

• (young female human): See girl

• (diminutive term of address to females): girlie, lass, lassie

• (daughter): See daughter

• (female servant): char, charlady, charwoman, maid, maiden, maidservant, womanservant

• (cocaine): See cocaine

Antonyms

• (young female human): See boy

Verb

girl (third-person singular simple present girls, present participle girling, simple past and past participle girled)

(transitive) To feminize or girlify; to gender as a girl or as for girls.

(somewhat, informal) To staff with or as a girl or girls.

Anagrams

• LIRG, gril

Etymology

Proper noun

Girl

(astronomy) A Chinese constellation located near Aquarius, one of the 28 lunar mansions and part of the Black Turtle.

Anagrams

• LIRG, gril

Source: Wiktionary


Girl, n. Etym: [OE. girle, gerle, gurle, a girl (in sense 1): cf. LG. gör child.]

1. A young person of either sex; a child. [Obs.] Chaucer.

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

3. A female servant; a maidservant. [U. S.]

4. (Zoöl.)

Definition: A roebuck two years old. [Prov. Eng.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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5 February 2023

MATRIARCHIC

(adjective) (of societies or families) having a female as the family head or having descent traced through the female line


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