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1‘a five-year-old girl’
Northern English Scottish lass, bairn
West Indian pickney
informal kid, kiddie, kiddiewink, nipper, tot, tiny tot
derogatory brat, chit
2‘a tall dark girl got off the train’
young woman, young lady, miss
Scottish lass, lassie
informal chick, girlie, filly
British informal bird, bint, popsy
North American informal gal, broad, dame, jane, babe, sister
informal, derogatory tart, piece, bit, mare, baggage
NZ Australian informal sheila
British informal, dated Judy
North American dated frail
literary maid, maiden, damsel, demoiselle
archaic wench, petticoat
3‘his girl eloped with an accountant’
girlfriend, sweetheart, woman, partner, lover, significant other, fiancée
Irish informal mot
British informal boyf, girlf
North American informal squeeze, patootie
Australian informal dona
Indian informal bibi
dated lady, lady friend, lady love, young lady, betrothed
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