gal

1
[ gal ]
/ gæl /

noun Informal: Sometimes Offensive.

a term used to refer to a girl or woman.

Nearby words

  1. gaitskell, hugh todd naylor,
  2. gaius,
  3. gajdusek,
  4. gajdusek, daniel carleton,
  5. gak,
  6. gal friday,
  7. gal pal,
  8. gal.,
  9. gala,
  10. galabia

Origin of gal

1
First recorded in 1785–95; orig. dial. pronunciation of girl

Usage note

See girl.

gal

2
[ gal ]
/ gæl /

noun

a centimeter-gram-second unit of acceleration, equal to one centimeter per second per second.

Origin of gal

2
First recorded in 1910–15; named after Galileo

gal.

gallon; gallons.

Gal.

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British Dictionary definitions for gal

gal

1
/ (ɡæl) /

noun

slang a girl

noun

a unit of acceleration equal to 1 centimetre per second per second

Word Origin for gal

C20: named after Galileo

GAL

/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

get a life

gal.

gall.

abbreviation for

gallon

Gal.

/ Bible /

abbreviation for

Galatians
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Word Origin and History for gal

gal

n.

slang pronunciation of girl, 1795, execrated as a Cockney vulgarism. Gal Friday is 1940, in reference to "Robinson Crusoe."

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Medicine definitions for gal

gal.

abbr.

gallon

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Science definitions for gal

gal.

Abbreviation of gallon
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