adjective, noun, plural girl·ies.


or girl·y


adjective Informal.

featuring nude or scantily clad young women: a girlie show; girlie magazines.


Offensive. a term of address used for a girl or woman.

Origin of girlie

First recorded in 1940–45; girl + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for girly

Contemporary Examples of girly

Historical Examples of girly

  • In the "Tube" railways girls of from sixteen to sixty—all girly—giggled hilariously at everything and anything and nothing.


    Frank Fox

  • He'd made up his mind to tag a nice little mommer's boy, with a tow colored top and a girly voice.


    Sewell Ford

  • He had roused to the fact that Charles was rather "girly," and he wanted him like other boys.

    A Little Girl in Old New York

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • A woman at your time of life, and drawing near death's door, Should not play with the girly girls, and think she's en rapport.

    Echoes from the Sabine Farm

    Roswell Martin Field and Eugene Field

British Dictionary definitions for girly




a little girl


displaying or featuring nude or scantily dressed womena girlie magazine
suited to or designed to appeal to young womena girlie night out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for girly

"girl-like," 1866, from girl + -y (2). Girly-girly (adj.) is recorded from 1883; as a noun, from 1882.


"little girl," 1866, (1860 as girlie), from girl + -y (3).



"meant to titillate men," 1942, from girl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper