a girl attending school.

Origin of schoolgirl

First recorded in 1770–80; school1 + girl
Related formsschool·girl·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for schoolgirl

Contemporary Examples of schoolgirl

Historical Examples of schoolgirl

  • "Schoolgirl sentimentality" Meg had called it, and so it was.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • She was in love with him for a week, in love like a schoolgirl.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • She was pretty when a baby and prettier still as a schoolgirl.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "You talk to me as though I were a schoolgirl," she retorted.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • Captain Godwin blushed through his coat of tan like a schoolgirl.

Word Origin and History for schoolgirl

1777, from school (n.1) + girl. As an adjective from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper