or girl·y

[ gur-lee ]

adjective,girl·i·er, girl·i·est.
  1. featuring nude or scantily clad young women: a girlie show;girlie magazines.

  2. Usually Disparaging and Offensive. of, characteristic of, or befitting girls or young women; feminine in a traditional way: a girlie girl who likes everything sparkly and pink;high-pitched girlie voices.

  1. Usually Disparaging and Offensive. (especially of a man) effeminate or timid.

noun,plural girl·ies.
  1. Disparaging and Offensive. a term of address used for a girl or woman.

  2. Older Use. a girl, especially a young girl: cute little girlies.

Origin of girlie

First recorded in 1940–45; girl + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use girlie in a sentence

  • The very feature that keeps it alive in the South—girly-girly romance—would kill it in the North or in London.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Daisy sighed, a sweet little-girly sigh, and blushed like a slice of cold boiled ham.

    Ptomaine Street | Carolyn Wells
  • 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
  • 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
  • "I think she'll be a good girly now," says grand-daddy, gentle-like.

    The Confessions of a Daddy | Ellis Parker Butler

British Dictionary definitions for girlie



/ (ˈɡɜːlɪ) /

  1. a little girl

  1. displaying or featuring nude or scantily dressed women: a girlie magazine

  2. suited to or designed to appeal to young women: a girlie night out

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