- a term used to refer to a girl or woman.
Origin of gal1
First recorded in 1785–95; orig. dial. pronunciation of girl
- a centimeter-gram-second unit of acceleration, equal to one centimeter per second per second.
Origin of gal2
First recorded in 1910–15; named after Galileo
- gallon; gallons.
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Examples from the Web for gal
Once we got that big hair on her, she found her inner Italian; her inner Long Island gal.Jonathan Demme on Gaza, Transphobia in ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ and Meryl Streep as a Rock Star
July 25, 2014
That would be Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, the gal who discovered radioactive polonium.France Honors Women … Finally
February 22, 2014
Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress and supermodel, has been charged with bringing the super heroine to the big screen.
Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.
That gal radiates a desire to win so raw it chills the blood.How Bad Is It? Even Ann Coulter Has Turned On Conservatives
October 15, 2013
He'll be out for de goods; it's a gal owns him, an' dere'll be nut'in' doin'.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Then a gal cum out on hoss back and commenced ridin' around.Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
An account of the execution of some pirates, which she had witnessed when a "gal," was popular.
Come, Thaney gal, we'll go in th' house 'n' find pappy 'n' gra'mammy.
And Pete, he found gold and I reckon he told his gal where the gold was.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- slang a girl
- a unit of acceleration equal to 1 centimetre per second per second
C20: named after Galileo
- get a life
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Word Origin and History for gal
slang pronunciation of girl, 1795, execrated as a Cockney vulgarism. Gal Friday is 1940, in reference to "Robinson Crusoe."
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- Abbreviation of gallon
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