variants or b-girl
plural B-girls or b-girls
: a girl or woman who adopts the pursuits or styles of hip-hop culture
Last fall ushered in the simultaneous debuts of SWV and Jade—two talented trios … both spinning romantic tales and sporting hip-hop gear. Within months, these budding B-girls blossomed … into role models with millions of fans and even look-alikes.Deborah Gregory
often : a girl or woman who is a breakdancer
B-boys and B-girls were influenced by everything from Brazilian capoeira and gymnastics to James Brown and martial arts, and their imaginative moves continue to leave observers in awe. An Rong Xu et al.
: a woman who entertains bar patrons and encourages them to spend freely

Examples of B-girl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Olympics will feature two events: one for men, called B-boys, and one for women, called B-girls. Amy Pope, Discover Magazine, 17 June 2024 At the 2024 Games, 16 B-boys and 16 B-girls from around the world will compete for medals, with separate competitions held for the men and women. Condé Nast, SELF, 13 June 2024 The B-boys and B-girls will be spinning, swiping, and freezing on the Place de la Concorde in the Games’s newest sport. John Powers,, 26 July 2023

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Word History


(sense 1) B (in B-boy) + girl; (sense 2) probably from b(ar) entry 1 + girl

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of B-girl was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“B-girl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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