Main definitions of gal in US English:

: gal1gal2

gal1

noun

North American
informal
  • A girl or young woman.

    • ‘This guy could barely see the cards sometimes but still he is chatting up young gal.’
    • ‘It's a tough problem - especially for gals - that doesn't get talked about much.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Usually, it's just me and the gals, and we do gossip and girl stuff.’
    • ‘I remained close with the new gals until high school, when our communication slowly dissipated.’
    • ‘Hot on the fast lane to stardom, the young guys and gals are wracking brains, boggling minds.’
    • ‘I am so an eat-to-live kinda gal, unless Matthew cooks or takes me out, when I transform into a live-to-eat kinda gal (and sometimes the kind of girl that wears heels).’
    • ‘When you think of the situation, you're talking about a pretty huge athlete and a petite young gal.’
    • ‘Why is it okay for dudes to flirt with all kinds of gals but when a gal does it they think we're hooches?’
    • ‘Call me sentimental, but I'm going to miss the old gal.’
    • ‘Because it's tough getting every gal in the crew to stay on the serious-minded track - your study sesh is likely to morph into more of a full-on fun-fest.’
    • ‘Figuring she's the kind of gal who's turned on by a high roller, he uses the home of the Korean lobbyist he's working for to throw a loud, lurid party in her honor.’
    • ‘A lot of other guys, and gals from school are going to be there too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What I need is something custom designed for a gal and her dogs.’
    • ‘It was an endless procession of loin-cloth strapped lads and gals.’
    • ‘So you see, that German fish isn't doing much to impress this ole Texas gal and I know they didn't sling that sucker up in the back of a pick-up and run down to the paper office to have their picture made.’
    • ‘Blond and cheerful - she was a blue-jeans-and-T-shirt kind of gal, and the ‘wild one’ of the twins.’
    • ‘I'm a pretty social gal, so I feel like I'm always coming home, scooping up the dog, inviting him out, and when he says no, leaving without him to go do something more fun than sitting in our tiny apartment.’
    • ‘I'm a very practical gal, who borders on full-time cynic.’
    • ‘As you can see, these Baby Boomer basketball gals have their high-top Chucks on and they're ready to go!’
    • ‘You're definitely an all-around thoughtful gal.’
    • ‘If your sister is a bell-bottoms and crop-tops kind of a gal, try wearing dresses for a change.’
    • ‘Curly-haired girls want straight hair; straight-haired gals want curly hair.’
    • ‘I've emailed the gal but haven't seen a change on her site yet.’
    • ‘One young gal is the unfortunate recipient of a lobster claw lancing before being electrocuted via her hoop earrings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Young guys and gals in sparkling evening wear added a dash of charm.’
    • ‘Whatever change-a-roo you want to do, there are 10 no-fail secrets to becoming a great new gal - while sticking to the true-blue you.’
    • ‘And they'll - people'll see, they'll say, I salute that guy or gal.’
    • ‘Some may say that exchanging gifts in the hall is a bad idea, but some gal's squeeze may not be embarrassed to have a soft side and hand her a couple of pink carnations in front of the whole student body.’
    • ‘The amusing thing about this, to me, is that the night before I was hosting a travelling anarchist gal who has been going around the country interviewing anarchist and radical women for a film she's making.’
    • ‘That said, you don't want to be the constant tag-along gal.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘This good-time gal pushes men away while flashing a come-hither look; they have to decide whether the light in her eyes is red or green.’
    • ‘I was too much of a tomboy, the gal that all the guys loved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, miss, what's a lovely young gal doing out here in the middle of this god-forsaken nomad's land?’
    • ‘Even with the help of his Lordship's daughter, a pretty young gal named Truly, the treats are rejected.’
    young woman, young lady, miss
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Origin

Late 18th century: representing a pronunciation.

Pronunciation

gal

/ɡæl//ɡal/

Main definitions of gal in US English:

: gal1gal2

gal2

noun

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

Origin

Early 20th century: named after Galileo Galilei.

Pronunciation

gal

/ɡæl//ɡal/