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What is girl dinner?
The informal term girl dinner is used to refer to a meal typically consisting of snacks, side dishes, and small portions of (often randomly assembled) foods.
Regardless of its components, girl dinner is typically characterized by its small portions.
The term girl dinner is usually applied to meals resembling what would commonly be considered to be a snack tray, snack platter, or small charcuterie board. Some examples of foods that may be included in a meal called a girl dinner include pieces of bread, cheese slices, sliced cold meats, fruits, vegetables, chips, and popcorn. Often, the term is used in reference to a meal made using whatever a person has available, including leftovers.
The use of girl in the term makes reference to the stereotypical association of small portions with some women’s eating habits. The term is most commonly used in the context of women and what they’re eating, but it is also used regardless of gender.
The phrase girl dinner trended on TikTok in the summer of 2023 after a video introducing the term and concept went viral. TikTok users shared videos featuring their own versions of girl dinner, typically ones that combined various snacks into a meal. As part of the trend, girl dinner was also used humorously to refer to “meals” consisting of a single snack food, inedible objects, or nothing at all.
The term is more often used without the article a, as in I’m having girl dinner (as opposed to I’m having a girl dinner), but it’s used in both ways.
Example: My go-to girl dinner is a handful of almonds, cheese, crackers, and carrots that I have decided constitutes a meal because I’m a woman in her 30s who gets to adult however the heck she wants.
Where does girl dinner come from?
The term and concept of girl dinner was coined by TikTok user Olivia Maher in a video posted on May 11, 2023. In the video, Maher showed her meal, which she referred to as a girl dinner as well as a peasant dinner. The meal consisted of bread, butter, cheese, grapes, pickles, and a glass of wine. The word girl seems to be used in the phrase as a reference to the stereotypical association of small portions with some women’s eating habits.
Maher’s video went viral on TikTok and started a trend in which other TikTok users shared their versions of girl dinners. The earnest attempts at girl dinners ranged from elaborate snack platters to random assortments of leftover foods.
Examples of girl dinner
Who uses girl dinner?
Girl dinner is popularly used on social media to refer to meals made of snacks, sides, or small amounts of random foods. The term is often used at least somewhat humorously.
every meal i have is "girl dinner" i Have never eaten anything of nutritional value in my Life
— mike (@therealkachingg) July 25, 2023
Ever throw together a plate of random snacks or leftovers for a quick and easy meal? You might've made a "girl dinner."
— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) July 26, 2023
There are four primary categories of “girl dinner”
1. Poverty meal
2. Depression meal
3. Olivia Pope
4. An actually elaborate / expensive charcuterie board
— Rohita Kadambi (@RohitaKadambi) July 19, 2023
Often, girl dinner is used humorously to refer to very small meals or things that aren’t food.
“girl dinner” and it’s just a picture of pedro pascal
— maria’s twittеr account (@DISCOROBAK) July 19, 2023
“girl dinner” but it’s just a poem and an antidepressant
— emilita ᥫ᭡ (@emilitadoll) July 23, 2023
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