Green’s Dictionary of Slang

girl n.1

1. a (street-walking) prostitute.

Wood ‘Westminster Wedding’ n.p.: Luteners-Lane it was never so grac’t With so many Girls of the game.
[UK]White ‘New Made Gentlewoman’ in Chappell Roxburghe Ballads (1874) II 380: A Girl of the Game.
[UK] ‘Bonny Milk-Maid’ Pepys Ballads (1987) V 211: The Girls of Venus Game That ventures health and fame.
[UK]J. Dunton Night-Walker Oct. 18 : [I have] often heard that all the Whores in Town are Jacobites, and now I perceive something of the reason of it, I find they are your best Customers, but I believe if the truth were known they neither enrich you by their Trade, nor increase the number of Jacobites by their Converse with your Girls as you call them.
[UK]Blackwood’s Mag. in DSUE (1984).
[UK]Sam Sly 14 Apr. 3/2: We recommend a young Capt. C—h—k not to kiss the ‘girls’ at ‘Knowle’s,’ the Kerrison Hotel, Waterloo-street.
[Aus]D. Stivens Tramp and Other Stories 86: There’s the bar and the travellers — and what the girls make — you bet she gets a cut out of that.
Peetie Wheatstraw ‘Third Street’s Going Down’ [lyrics] The city hired Mr Keeler to put a highway though that part of town, / The law told the girls to move.
[UK]R. Westerby Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 62: The girls don’t want any trouble.
[UK]V. Davis Phenomena in Crime 151: The ‘girls’ and ‘madams’ of the West End are catered for.
[UK]A. Baron Lowlife (2001) 147: Look how quickly they got the girls off the streets.

2. (US) used in direct address to a man, without homosexual implication.

[US]H. Blossom Checkers 28: ‘Say, girls, look at Grady,’ yelled Checkers.
[US]A. Adams ‘Drifting North’ in Cattle Brands [Internet] ‘Now, girls,’ said Baugh, addressing Carter and the stranger, ‘I’ve made you a bed out of the wagon-sheet.’.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 141: ‘Dear girl,’ said Lady Arrow, ‘I do believe he’s frightened you.’.

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

[US]R.J. Tasker Grimhaven 38: Why, he’s queer. He’s one of the gals.
[US]J.T. Farrell Gas-House McGinty 79: Now, Mac, is that the way to treat a girlie [male homosexual] that wants to warm up to you.
[US]J. Fishman Sex in Prison 84: The ‘wolves’ or ‘top men’ housed among the normal inmates in the prison, who ‘spot’ those among the younger prisoners whom they wish to make their ‘girls,’ and who ‘court’ them.
[US]‘Swasarnt Nerf’ et al. Gay Girl’s Guide 10: girl: [...] used loosely by homosexuals with reference to themselves and their friends.
[US]‘Swasarnt Nerf’ Gaedicker’s Sodom-on-the-Hudson 3: If you insist on being filthy, girl, make your own comparison.
[US](con. 1920s) ‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 64: ‘You men thertainly are [handsome]’ [...] ‘That’s enough, girls. Scram. Take a powder.’.
[UK]R. Hauser Homosexual Society 47: Some call-boys may live together and help each other out when someone is needed to be the heart and soul of some ‘gay’ party or when the sugar daddies want to rustle up what are euphemistically called ‘the girls’. [Ibid.] 89: I was a girl throughout my childhood. My parents knew I was a queer years before I did.
[UK]J. Carr Bad (1995) 52: Most everyone started harassing him right away, calling him ‘girl’ and ‘pink’.
[US](con. 1940s) C. Bram Hold Tight (1990) 66: You can’t guess what it means to a girl to be loved like that.
[US]R. Scott Rebecca’s Dict. of Queer Sl. [Internet] girl — 1) a femme submissive or bottom, frequently one who roleplays as young 2) a gay man.
[SA]K. Cage Gayle 72/1: girl n. term of endearment (So what are you doing tonight, girl?).
[US]J. McCourt ‘Vilja de Tanquay Exults’ in Queer Street 300: It wouldn’t occur to a single / One of them [...] to sock a girl / To a meal once in a way.

4. (gay) used as an affectionate term of address between two homosexual men.

[US]‘Swasarnt Nerf’ et al. Gay Girl’s Guide 10: girl: As a vocative, synonymous with darling.
[US](con. 1950s) E. White My Lives 111: Where’d you learn to swallow it [i.e. semen], girl?

5. (US, also gal) a queen of any suit in cards.

[US]Z.N. Hurston Mules and Men (1995) 142: dealer: ‘Heah’s a good card – a queen.’ He tossed the card to Hardy. hardy: ‘Aw naw, Ah don’t play dem gals till way late in de night’.

6. (US black) a general form of address between two women, irrespective of age.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 70: Girl, lemme run it down to you.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 101: ‘And they build malls?’ ‘Girl, they build everything.’.
[US]‘Gunga Dick’ ‘Fun and Games’ [Internet] ‘Damnnnn, girl!’ Her older friend had said. ‘Your parents sound like they are way cool, you know.’.

7. (Aus./US) an insult aimed at a heterosexual male.

[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 35: ‘Bitch,’ ‘girl,’ or ‘faggot’ are the worst insults one can sling at a man.
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] [of footballers] Two of these Tiger girls get in front of Bill. He’s taken to the air.
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 163: He’s always fixing his hair and asking me how it looks. He’s such a girl.
[UK](con. 1964) K. Richards Life 8: These truckers with crew cuts and tattoos [...] call us girls because of the long hair. ‘How you doing, girls? Dance with me?’.

In compounds

In phrases

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

a street-walking prostitute.

‘The Unconscionable Gallant’ n.p.: Half a piece [i.e. ten shillings] is too much for a poor single touch [...] to give more than a Crown for a bit of the Brown / I can have it for less off the Girls of the Town.
[UK] ‘The Old Fumbler’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) n.p.: Smug, rich and fantastick old Fumbler was known, / That wedded a Juicy brisk Girl of the Town.
[US]R. Steele Spectator 187 4 Oct. II 57: The famous Girl about Town called Kitty; this Creature [...] was my Mistress in the Days when Keeping was in Fashion.
[UK]W. Kennett ‘Armour’ in Potent Ally 5: [footnote] Colonel Condom was the Inventor of What is vulgarly called a C----m, alias armour, by the Girls of the Town.
[UK]Foote The Commissary 19: That eternal trotter after all the little draggle-tail’d girls of town.
Memoirs of Susannah Hill in Modern Propensities 8: It is inconceivable what difficulties many of these wretched females, denominated girls of the town, endure.
[UK]Egan Life in London (1869) 212: [note] A universal phrase with the girls of the Town for ‘their Keepers’.
[UK]‘Love in a Watch Box’ in Fal-Lal Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 12: Some wags twigg’d this girl of the town / [...] / And, out of a lark, knock’d the watch box down.
[UK]Sam Sly 27 Jan. 2/1: We advise Mr. Charles Cl—k [...] to leave off associating with girls of the town.
[UK]Cheshire Obs. 3 Dec. 4/2: Ann Kene, a girl about town, was brought up on a charge of stealing a pocket-book.
[UK]Chester Chron. 18 Jan. 2/4: Luca Ceecavelli [...] strikes up an acquaintance with Marta Marietta, an unfortunate girl about town.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The Watch on the Kerb’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 10: Never, O never / Let courage go down; / Keep from the river, / O Girl of the Town!
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Ruth’ in Roderick (1967–9) II 25: Would I shrink from the eyes of the clown — / From the eyes of the sawney who’d boast of success with a girl of the town.
girl out (v.)

(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.

[US]J. Lethem Fortress of Solitude 433: It wasn’t a big deal to suck a little dick now and then, so long as nobody girled you out.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

girl-boy (n.)

1. (orig. US) a feminine young man, an effeminate homosexual boy; also as a general insult.

[UK]W. Warner Albion’s England Bk 5 vi 115: Girle-boyes, fauouring Ganimaede, heere with his Lord a Guest.
M. Drayton Englands Heroical Epistles 18/2: And in my place vpon this regal throne, To set that girle-boy, wanton Gaueston.
[UK] in A. Niccholes Discourse of Marriage and Wiving B4: There’s some whose prostituted beauty walkes, Like Ganimeds or girle-boyes.
Black in Harper’s Mag. Mar. 542/2: My father used to call him the girl-boy; but he was fonder of him than of all us others .
‘Mark Twain’ How to Tell a Story 191: A few of the coquetter variants [...] the girl-boy.
[US]Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer 97: ‘That’s enough, Herfy’s licked.’ ‘Girlboy . . . Girlboy.’.
[US](con. 1900s–10s) Dos Passos 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 84: Gotta fight him [...] if not you’re a girlboy.

2. (US prison) a heterosexual prisoner engaging in homosexual acts.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 161: sexually oppressed, constantly raped victim; usually straight [...] girl boy.
[US]B. Jackson Killing Time 173: It was better after that because the riders took one of the girl-boys over in the cotton trailer for a little romping.
girlfriend (n.)

see separate entry.

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

an effeminate male.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
girl-hopping (n.)

(US black) seducing young women.

[US]E. Richards Cocaine True 127: I’m gonna buy me a pair of white leather Reeboks and a sweatsuit, and I’m gonna go girl hoppin’.

In phrases

girls are bandy at Urandangie, the

see separate entry.

go girling (v.)

to go out looking for female companionship and possible seduction.

[UK]Session Papers of the Central Criminal Court 10 Jan. [Internet] The maid said two men were missing, and the others said, G–d d–n them, they are gone a-girling.
D. L. Sayers Gaudy Night (1944) 251: She remembered [...] an expression in use among the irreverent: ‘to catch a Senior girling’.