Green’s Dictionary of Slang

girl n.1

1. [mid-17C–19C] a (street-walking) prostitute.

2. [late 19C+] (US) used in direct address to a man, without homosexual implication.

3. [1920s+] (also gal, girlie) a male homosexual, esp. a prostitute; also used in direct address as an insult or term of endearment.

4. [1940s+] (gay) used as an affectionate term of address between two homosexual men.

5. [1950s–60s] (US, also gal) a queen of any suit in cards.

6. [1980s+] (US black) a general form of address between two women, irrespective of age.

7. [1990s+] (Aus./US) an insult aimed at a heterosexual male.

In compounds

girl-shop (n.)

[late 19C] a brothel.

In phrases

girl about town (n.) (also girl of (the) town)

[17C–1900s] a street-walking prostitute.

girl out (v.)

[2000s] (US) of a man, to make another man behave as a passive rather than an active homosexual, to subject another man to anal intercourse or fellatio.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

girl-boy (n.)

1. [late 16C; late 19C+] (orig. US) a feminine young man, an effeminate homosexual boy; also as a general insult.

2. [1960s+] (US prison) a heterosexual prisoner engaging in homosexual acts.

girl-catcher (n.)

[19C] the penis.

girlfriend (n.)

see separate entry.

girl-getter (n.) [? girl-begetter, an effeminate man would be unable to produce ‘macho’ boys]

[late 19C–1900s] an effeminate male.

girl-hopping (n.)

[1990s+] (US black) seducing young women.

In phrases

girls are bandy at Urandangie, the

see separate entry.

go girling (v.)

[late 18C–1930s] to go out looking for female companionship and possible seduction.