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attagirl

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interjection at·ta·girl \¦a-tə-¦gərl\

Definition of attagirl

  1. —used to express encouragement, approval, or admiration to a woman or girl They also wore ponytails out the backs of their hats and shouted “Attagirl!” every time a fielder made a nice stop in the dirt. — Brian MacPherson, Arizona Republic, 20 June 2006

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Origin and Etymology of attagirl

alteration of that's the girl (after 1attaboy)


First Known Use: 1917


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attagirl

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noun at·ta·girl \¦a-tə-¦gərl\

Definition of attagirl

plural

attagirls

chiefly US, informal

  1. :  an expression of encouragement, approval, or admiration given to a woman or girl I've had plenty of friends tell me they read these weekly updates and offer encouragement. I've also had lots of readers I don't know send attagirls or dieting suggestions by e-mail. — Susan Pierce, Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press, 13 May 2010

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Origin and Etymology of attagirl

derivative of 1attagirl


First Known Use: 1974


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