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/ ˈhoʊmˌgɜrl /
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noun Slang.
a girl or woman from the same locality as oneself.
a close female friend or fellow female gang member.
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Origin of homegirl

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; home + girl
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What does homegirl mean?

Homegirl is a slang term for a close female friend. It can refer to a girl or a woman.

The word homeboy is used in the same way to refer to a close male friend.

Shortened, gender-neutral versions of these terms include homie and homey, which are perhaps even more commonly used.

All of these terms can be used to refer to a friend, as in This is my homegirl Denise, or as a term of address for one, as in Hey, homegirl! 

These terms are all associated with urban and hip hop culture and are primarily used by members of African American and Latinx communities in the U.S.

They commonly refer to a close friend who’s from the same neighborhood. In some cases, the words are used to refer to a fellow gang member. However, the terms have entered mainstream use and usually simply refer to a close friend.

Homegirl is frequently used with a possessive pronoun, as in my homegirl. 

Example: I’m having a night out with just me and my homegirls.

Where does homegirl come from?

The first records of the word homegirl in its modern sense come from the second half of the 1900s. It was used earlier to refer to a girl who’s a homebody.

Terms like homegirl, homeboy, homie, and homey started to gain in popularity after the 1960s. Today, they are closely associated with hip hop culture.

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How is homegirl used in real life?

Homegirl is a slang term that’s always used informally. It’s primarily used by members of the African American and Latinx community.



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