(1) A female human offspring
"Her daughter cared for her in her old age"
(2) A youthful female person
"The baby was a girl"
"The girls were just learning to ride a tricycle"
(3) A young woman
"A young lady of 18"
(4) A friendly informal reference to a grown woman
"Mrs. Smith was just one of the girls"
(5) A girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved
"His girlfriend kicked him out"
Origin unknown. The suggests an Old English } < (diminutive of }) < . In that case, one cognate is Low German , (or these words could have been borrowed into English). Another possibility (after Robinson 1967) is Old English .
- A young female (in contrast to boy), usually a child or adolescent.
- Amanda is a girl of 16.
- Any woman, regardless of her age. See usage notes.
- A female servant; a maid. See usage notes.
- A boy with girl-like qualities, especially squeamishness.
- Stop being such a girl and punch back.
- A queen (the playing card.)
- A term of endearment. See usage notes.
- a girlfriend.
- I'm going to meet my girl over there.
- a daughter.
- Your girl turned up on our doorstep.