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Etymology

A group of girls in Sri Lanka.

Origin unknown. The Middle English gyrle (child of either sex) suggests an Old English *gyrele < Proto-Germanic *gurwilon- (diminutive of * *gurwjoz) < Proto-Indo-European *ghwrgh-. In that case, one cognate is Low German Gör, Göre (child) (or these words could have been borrowed into English). Another possibility (after Robinson 1967) is Old English gyrela (dress, garment).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
girl

Plural
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girl ({{{1}}})
  1. A young female (in contrast to boy), usually a child or adolescent.
    Amanda is a girl of 16.
  2. Any woman, regardless of her age. See usage notes.
  3. A female servant; a maid. See usage notes.
  4. (figuratively, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A boy with girl-like qualities, especially squeamishness.
    Stop being such a girl and punch back.
  5. (uncommon) A queen (the playing card.)[1]
  6. (colloquial) A term of endearment. See usage notes.

Usage notes

  • (any woman, regardless of her age): 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 whereas a woman is one who has done so.

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References

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  1. ^ * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523

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