pal

noun
\ ˈpal How to pronounce pal (audio) \

Definition of pal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a close friend

pal

verb
palled; palling

Definition of pal (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to be or become pals : associate as pals they've palled around for years

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Other Words from pal

Noun

palship \ ˈpal-​ˌship How to pronounce palship (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pal

Synonyms: Noun

alter ego, amigo, buddy, chum, compadre, comrade, confidant, confidante, crony, familiar, friend, intimate, mate [chiefly British], musketeer

Antonyms: Noun

enemy, foe

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Examples of pal in a Sentence

Noun

We've been pals since we were kids. Come on—be a pal and lend me the money.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

USA TODAY Sports WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer has the third-largest contract among major league pitchers, a $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals that dwarfs his old pal Rick Porcello’s $82.5 million pact with the Boston Red Sox. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Rick Porcello gets best of close friend Max Scherzer with bases-clearing double," 3 July 2018 Bring your wine-loving pals to the tiny haley.henry, where the wines are all from small-production vineyards, and each has a backstory. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "How to do summer in Boston like a local," 15 June 2018 First, an autocrat in waiting puts his pals in charge of the public broadcaster and accuses critical outlets of spreading lies. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 The two traveled to Madagascar together, where Bourdain tortured his vegetarian pal by taking him to a food market where pork is the specialty. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Darren Aronofsky Is 'Devastated' Over Anthony Bourdain's Death: 'I Will Never Forget His Spirit'," 8 June 2018 First Furry Thursdays: Bring your favorite four-legged pal and take a stroll or go for a hike. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Tomato — the 'luscious beauty' of the garden and how to fight diseases," 8 June 2018 Swung by Wild Arctic to check out our young walrus pals Aku and Ginger, who weren’t feeling super social. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld stroll: Looks at Infinity Falls, trading pins, Happy Harbor," 13 Apr. 2018 Brady also visits one of his best friends, Lane Scott, a former bull rider who was left paralyzed and unable to speak after an accident, but who remains a spirited optimist and encourages his pal to cling fiercely to his dreams. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Chloé Zhao's cowboy drama 'The Rider' is a moving, lyrical tale of loss and recovery," 10 Apr. 2018 Spencer was spotted entering the church alongside Priyanka Chopra, another one of Meghan's famous pals. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "6 Things to Know About Abigail Spencer, Meghan Markle's Close Friend and Former Suits Costar," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of pal

Noun

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pal

Noun

Romany phral, phal brother, friend, from Sanskrit bhrātṛ brother; akin to Old English brōthor brother

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More Definitions for pal

pal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pal

informal
: a close friend
used to address a man in an angry or annoyed way

pal

noun
\ ˈpal How to pronounce pal (audio) \

Kids Definition of pal

: a close friend

Legal Definition of PAL

passive activity loss

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