From Japanese コギャル (kogyaru), itself of various possible derivations, all of which incorporate ギャル (gyaru), from English gal.
kogal (countable and uncountable, plural kogals)
- (uncountable) A subculture of conspicuous consumption among young women in urban Japan, typified by dyed hair, artificial suntan, platform boots, miniskirts, and expensive accessories.
- 2003, Philip Jenkins, Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography on the Internet
- If not exactly respectable, kogal culture is not condemned anything like as harshly as manifestations of pedophilia would be elsewhere […]
- 2004, Gordon Mathews, Bruce White, Japan's Changing Generations
- Kogal tackiness was egalitarian, and contrasted with the cute and conservative styles […]
- (countable) A member of this subculture.
- 2006, David Richard Leheny, Think Global, Fear Local
- Because of the links drawn between kogals and enjo kosai ("compensated dating"), in which women and girls are paid for dates and sometimes sex […]