at·​ta·​girl | \ ¦a-tə-¦gərl How to pronounce attagirl (audio) \

Definition of attagirl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


at·​ta·​girl | \ ¦a-tə-¦gərl How to pronounce attagirl (audio) \
plural attagirls

Definition of attagirl (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal
: 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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First Known Use of attagirl


1917, in the meaning defined above


1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attagirl


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


derivative of attagirl entry 1

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