Girl

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A girl is a female child. She is a female human who is not yet matured, although female teenagers may also be called "girls". Little girls still have the body of a child. It is not until they reach puberty (perhaps around age 11 to 13) that their bodies start to mature and they become a woman. During puberty, a girl develops breasts, their hips and shoulders widen and they begin to have periods.

Although girls typically have a vagina, some intersex children with ambiguous genitals, and genetically male transgender children may also be classified or self-identify as a girl.

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The word "girl" was used a long time ago by some people called Anglo Saxons. Sometimes older people still refer to grown up women as "girls", especially in expressions such as "a night out with the girls".

The opposite of a girl is a boy. A boy is a male child who will grow into a man.

The way girls are brought up will be vary a lot between different cultures. In Western cultures, a girl traditionally wears a dress or skirt. However, many girls wear trousers (pants) these days, like boys, especially when dressed informally. Girls often grow their hair longer than boys, although this can vary a lot according to quickly changing fashions.

Tradition[change | change source]

A girl from Portugal.

Traditionally, girls play with dolls a lot. They are also more interested in clothes than boys, and they like dressing up and making up. Boys often prefer rough games and enjoy playing with mechanical things such as toy cars and trains. People today have long discussions about whether this is because they are born like that, or because that is the way society expects them to behave.

The traditional colour for a girl is pink. For boys it is blue. When a baby is born in a hospital it usually gets a pink or blue tag on its wrist or ankle, according to whether it is a girl or a boy.

Some names are girls' names, while others are boys’ names. There are some names which can be for girls and boys (although they may be spelt differently, e.g. "Jo" for a girl and "Joe" for a boy).

In some countries such as Britain, "old girl" means a grown up who used to be a pupil at a particular school (e.g. "She is an old girl of Cransbury High School"). Used in any other way, "old girl" sounds rude (unlike "old boy" which always sounds friendly).

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