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[gur-lee] /ˈgɜr li/
adjective, noun, plural girlies.
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Examples from the web for girly
  • Those weren't pink or girly-themed, but they let me explore my ideas and my world in new ways.
  • The salon has bubblegum pink walls and sundry girly accoutrements-chandeliers, glitter, beauty supplies.
  • You'll need some manly forearms for this or it'll look girly.
  • It stands to reason that she's going to go a bit over the top in the makeup and girly-girly department.
  • Part of me is excited to see something cute and girly, and part of me is outraged at the stereotypes.
  • The sun burned a girly pink over the mountain ranges to the west, and the city had yet to generate its daily smog blanket.
  • He then has to join a coven and go to magic school with a bunch of girly-witches.
British Dictionary definitions for girly


a little girl
displaying or featuring nude or scantily dressed women: a girlie magazine
suited to or designed to appeal to young women: a girlie night out
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Word Origin and History for girly

"girl-like," 1866, from girl + -y (2). Girly-girly (adj.) is recorded from 1883; as a noun, from 1882.


"little girl," 1866, (1860 as girlie), from girl + -y (3).

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