nouninformal , chiefly North American
A girl or young woman.
- 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.
- Call me sentimental, but I'm going to miss the old gal.
- 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.
late 18th century: representing a pronunciation.