Main definitions of gal in English

: gal1gal2

gal1

noun

North american
informal
  • A girl or young woman.

    • ‘It's a tough problem - especially for gals - that doesn't get talked about much.’
    • ‘It was an endless procession of loin-cloth strapped lads and gals.’
    • ‘But I did meet a couple of hot local gals (sisters at that!) and had fun trying to work one of the staff for a date, I would say it is worth a visit but would not make it my prime destination.’
    • ‘A lot of other guys, and gals from school are going to be there too.’
    • ‘Even more troubling, what does it mean that we find the very idea that feminism might have reached beyond the gals and dames to be so inconceivable?’
    • ‘The gals sit at a designated table (in my case, designated by a number on my name badge), and the guys move from table to table, talking to each woman for a set amount of time - five minutes in this case.’
    • ‘As a city gal who usually dates younger guys, she found that the high quotient of divorced fathers living quiet lives in the country or suburbs made connecting tough.’
    • ‘Call me sentimental, but I'm going to miss the old gal.’
    • ‘Young guys and gals in sparkling evening wear added a dash of charm.’
    • ‘If your sister is a bell-bottoms and crop-tops kind of a gal, try wearing dresses for a change.’
    • ‘What I need is something custom designed for a gal and her dogs.’
    • ‘Pedal pushers and prom queens, floral corsages and full skirts, gingham checks and clinched waists - all were the essence of Fifties style, of a time when girls were gals and boys were teddies.’
    • ‘Why is it okay for dudes to flirt with all kinds of gals but when a gal does it they think we're hooches?’
    • ‘Curly-haired girls want straight hair; straight-haired gals want curly hair.’
    • ‘Hot on the fast lane to stardom, the young guys and gals are wracking brains, boggling minds.’
    • ‘If Augusta did decide to admit women, which is fine by me, it's safe to say the guys would play with guys and gals with gals, like they do everywhere else.’
    • ‘Usually, it's just me and the gals, and we do gossip and girl stuff.’
    • ‘I've emailed the gal but haven't seen a change on her site yet.’
    • ‘I remained close with the new gals until high school, when our communication slowly dissipated.’
    • ‘I was too much of a tomboy, the gal that all the guys loved.’
    young woman, young lady, miss
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Origin

Late 18th century: representing a pronunciation.

Pronunciation:

gal

/ɡal/

Main definitions of gal in English

: gal1gal2

gal2

noun

Physics
  • A unit of gravitational acceleration equal to one centimetre per second per second.

Origin

Early 20th century: named after Galileo Galilei.

Pronunciation:

gal

/ɡal/