\ ˈpal How to pronounce pal (audio) \

Definition of pal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a close friend


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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for pal

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 The longtime pals were right in the middle of filming their upcoming Netflix movie Red Notice when the novel coronavirus pandemic shut production on the project down. Ale Russian,, "Ryan Reynolds on Why He's Close Friends with Dwayne Johnson: 'He Really Laughs at Himself'," 6 May 2020 The result, airing Thursday at 8:30 p.m. to benefit Feeding America, is a show that feels less like a sitcom and more like eavesdropping on a real-time video chat with the Pawnee pals, reflecting our new era of quarantine and social distancing. Jennifer Vineyard, New York Times, "‘Parks and Recreation’ Is Back. Here’s Where We Left Off.," 30 Apr. 2020 Instead, presidents Donald Trump and Andrés Manuel López Obrador are carrying on like old pals. Christopher Sherman, The Christian Science Monitor, "From threats to solidarity, virus reconciles US-Mexico leaders," 23 Apr. 2020 Here, pals Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Fire up these stoner movies for 420 Day," 20 Apr. 2020 The longtime pals — Carol Spark, 74, Dotty Robinson, 75, and Doreen Burns, 73 — have seen each other through child-rearing, deaths, marriages and divorces. Cathy Free, Houston Chronicle, "British ‘Golden Girls’ know how to have fun during their coronavirus stay-at-home isolation," 10 Apr. 2020 Together, the longtime pals and business partners changed the landscape by creating this housing option that was more stable and gave residents more control over, and therefore more independence in, their lives. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Luna Azul provides long term housing for adults with disabilities, creating options for Phoenix area families," 22 Mar. 2020 The new pals ended up going to Target to buy some games to play at home due to the Coronavirus. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Hangs Out With "The Bachelor" Star Madison Prewett After Crazy Split," 13 Mar. 2020 To pull off the stunt, the new pals used this map tunneling tool, which tells you which part of the other side of Earth is directly below you. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Two Guys on Exact Opposite Ends of the World Made an Earth Sandwich," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pal


circa 1886, in the meaning defined above


1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pal


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

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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce pal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pal

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


\ ˈpal How to pronounce pal (audio) \

Kids Definition of pal

: a close friend

Legal Definition of PAL

passive activity loss

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