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[pal] /pæl/ Informal.

a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
an accomplice.
verb (used without object), palled, palling.
to associate as comrades or chums:
to pal around with the kid next door.
[pal] /pæl/
a special air service offered by the U.S. Postal Service for sending parcels from 5 to 30 pounds (2.3 to 13.5 kg) to overseas servicemen: only the regular parcel post rate to the U.S. port of shipment plus $1 is charged.
Compare (def 2).
a close friend; comrade
an accomplice
verb pals, palling, palled
(intransitive; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends
noun acronym
phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe

1788, from Romany (English Gypsy) pal “brother, comrade,” variant of continental Romany pral, plal, phral, probably from Sanskrit bhrata “brother” (see brother (n.)). Extended colloquial form palsy-walsy attested from 1930.

1879, from pal (n.). Related: Palled; palling.


A friend, esp a very close male friend; boon companion; buddy: has many devoted friends, but he is nobody’s ”pal” (1681+)


pal around (1899+)

[fr Romany phral, phal, ”brother, friend,” ultimately fr Sanskrit bhratr, ”brother”]
pediatric advanced life support
phase alternation line
Police Athletic League


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