attagirl

interjection
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

attagirl

noun
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

Interjection

1917, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attagirl

Interjection

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

Noun

derivative of attagirl entry 1

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“Attagirl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attagirl. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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