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

Word History



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


derivative of attagirl entry 1

First Known Use


1917, in the meaning defined above


1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of attagirl was in 1917

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“Attagirl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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