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

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 Prove that Fred Andrews can't control his son (and by extension, his son's now rogue gang of pals), and therefore, isn't fit to be mayor. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Comprehensive List of All of Hiram Lodge's Schemes on "Riverdale"," 13 Dec. 2018 As everyone knows, even the best of pals have their disagreements from time to time. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Whoopi Goldberg Had to Break Up Meghan McCain and Joy Behar's Heated Debate," 30 Oct. 2018 Kelley, left, who hails from Florida, and Georgia native Hubbard, right, met through a mutual pal while attending Belmont University in Nashville. Fox News, "Where band names come from," 28 Sep. 2018 The group of mostly athletes would meet for dinner or a drink at a bar, said Dwyane Oxley, a pal and member the year before Kavanaugh. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "At Yale, Kavanaugh stayed out of debates at a time of many," 28 Aug. 2018 On, Friday a judge placed a gag order on Trump’s old pal Roger Stone, who stands accused of charges related to Russian meddling. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: A Whopper-Filled Press Conference," 17 Feb. 2019 Kushner had also been banking on Saudi Arabia, and his pal MBS, to help advance the plan — but the future of that also seemed pretty doubtful even before the Khashoggi fallout. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 He and pal Jason Dolley — who played Jason Stickler and Newt Livingston, respectively — do photography together, with Jake shooting and Jason modeling. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "This "Lizzie McGuire" Family Reunion Will Make You Miss the 00s," 28 Aug. 2018

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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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