Often times I have got across situations where I have to tell a girl that

"I don't have a girlfriend but there are some girls who are friends"

So I was looking for the right word here or a good slang would do.

Googled a lot but couldn't find the answer to what I am looking for.

Also I have seen girls replying

"I don't have a boyfriend but guy friends"

So , is there any equivalent of guy friends for boys ?


a "Gal Pal" is defined on several online dictionaries as a friend who is a girl and whom one has a platonic (non-sexual or -romantic) relationship.

  • I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone actually use this. I think this may be specific to certain regions/cultures.
    – MrHen
    Oct 30 '13 at 13:49
  • @MrHen, that's an interesting observation. I've heard it but can't pin down a certain group that uses it. Oct 30 '13 at 13:53

If they are just friends, then gender should be left out of the statement:

Samuel says, "Sarah, this is my friend, Cynthia."

If the listener is interpreting your words because they are interested in engaging in an exclusive relationship with you, then the term "friend" - said confidently and plainly - should be enough to clarify the absence of romance in said friendship.

Many would argue that Friendship, itself, is characterized by an absence of romance.

  • Yeah, but as Paul Davis sings in "I Go Crazy", "They say old lovers can be good friends" :-) Oct 30 '13 at 13:51

As far as I know there is no slang word for a girl who is a friend. Usually if you want to make it clear that a girl you know is not your girlfriend you would say something like, "My friend who is a girl". A lot of girls when speaking of their friends who are girls will call them "my girlfriends". However to say this as a male would probably imply that you have multiple romantic partners.

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