- a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
- an accomplice.
- to associate as comrades or chums: to pal around with the kid next door.
Origin of pal
- Police Athletic League.
- a special air service offered by the U.S. Postal Service for sending parcels from 5 to 30 pounds (2.3 to 13.5 kg) to overseas servicemen: only the regular parcel post rate to the U.S. port of shipment plus $1 is charged.Compare SAM(def 2).
Origin of PAL
Examples from the Web for pal
Grant's pal Howard Hughes offered to fly them back to Los Angeles in his private plane.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
A few weeks later, Valentino and her pal, an aspiring actress named Meg Foster, met Cosby again at Café Figaro.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
And your pal Laura Dern recently said you were “cooking up” your next one.David Lynch on Transcendental Meditation, ‘Twin Peaks,’ and Collaborating With Kanye West
October 6, 2014
You can up the ante even more by signing a contract agreeing to pay a pal $20 every time you skip Pilates.4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out
September 13, 2014
That was the sad and screwy logic that propelled Douglas McAuthur McCain and his pal Troy Kastigar.American Jihadis Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar: From Losers to Martyrs
August 28, 2014
Pal's sent me for you—he knows you, but you mightn't remember him.'The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
I seen our other pal lay in HIS stock of old rusty second-handers.Tom Sawyer, Detective
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He had just taken it for granted his pal had been through an experience the same as his own.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
Surely his pal was not falling in love with this Theronian empress!
It was clear that Phaestra had wanted his pal, needed him—come for him.
- a close friend; comrade
- an accomplice
- (intr; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends
- phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe
Word Origin and History for pal
1788, from Romany (English Gypsy) pal "brother, comrade," variant of continental Romany pral, plal, phral, probably from Sanskrit bhrata "brother" (see brother (n.)). Extended colloquial form palsy-walsy attested from 1930.
1879, from pal (n.). Related: Palled; palling.