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schoolgirl

[skool-gurl] /ˈskulˌgɜrl/
noun
1.
a girl attending school.
Origin of schoolgirl
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80; school1 + girl
Related forms
schoolgirlish, adjective
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  • "schoolgirl sentimentality" Meg had called it, and so it was.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • She was in love with him for a week, in love like a schoolgirl.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • She was pretty when a baby and prettier still as a schoolgirl.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "You talk to me as though I were a schoolgirl," she retorted.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Captain Godwin blushed through his coat of tan like a schoolgirl.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
Word Origin and History for schoolgirl
n.

1777, from school (n.1) + girl. As an adjective from 1922.

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