1 of 2


: a close friend
palship noun


2 of 2


palled; palling

intransitive verb

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

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
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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1886, in the meaning defined above


1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pal was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Pal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a close friend


2 of 2 verb
palled; palling
: to be or become pals

Legal Definition


passive activity loss

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