Image:Tamil girls group.jpg|thumb|right|A group of girls in Sri Lanka.
From Middle English gerle, girle, gyrle, of uncertain origin. Probably from Old English *gyrle, *gyrele, from Proto-Germanic *gurwilaz, a diminutive form of Proto-Germanic *gurwijaz (compare North Frisian gör, Low German Gör, Göre, German Göre, dialectal Norwegian gorre, dialectal Swedish garre, gurre), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (compare Old Irish gair, Ancient Greek χρεώ, χρήσθαι, Sanskrit ह्रस्व).
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