Definition of grrrl in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrrl/
(also grrl)


A young woman regarded as independent and strong or aggressive.
Example sentences
  • I haven't read her book with the unambiguous title but, as I understand it, her thesis is that women behaving like frat grrrls does not, in fact, engender empowerment.
  • After working on my book proposal for a little and the garden for longer today, I decided to be a bad grrrl and just play a game.
  • This fascinating novel, an interesting cross between hard science fiction, riot grrls gone wild and cyberpunk which has yet to pick up a U.S. publisher, deals with a two-strand narrative.


1990s: blend of grrr, representing the sound of an animal growling (and thus human anger) and girl, originally a variant of girl in riot girl.

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