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ASL: "BOY" and "GIRL


To do the sign for "boy," grab the brim of an imaginary baseball cap (sticking out from your forehead area).. 

BOY / male:



 

The sign (above) for BOY can also be used in context to mean MALE and is one of the versions of MAN but "not" the most common version of MAN)..

To specifically refer to a little boy (or a "little man") you can add the "SHORT-in-height" sign.

SHORT-in-height:


 



 

The sign for "Girl" (or "female") is made by forming your hand into an "A"-hand and then trace along your jawbone with the tip of your thumb - starting near your ear and moving to near your chin.  If you specifically want to indicate the concept of "girl" as in "a little girl" then you can use a bent hand to show the the height of the girl.

 

GIRL:


 


For more information, see the "girl" page: GIRL
Also see the "boy" page: BOY

 



 

Notes:
 

QUESTION:
Sandy: What is the difference between the sign SON vs BOY?

ANSWER:

"SON" combines the sign for "male" and the sign for "BABY." But you don't rock the sign side to side. You just bring the right hand down to the left forearm. Many Deaf are very casual with the sign for "SON." The left arm can just hang down instead of being horizontal.  I personally tend to hold the left arm somewhat horizontal -- as if holding a baby and take the right "b" palm hand from the forehead area [looks like a "salute"] and bring the right hand down to the crook of the left elbow, (ending with the right hand palm up).  

The sign for BOY (as in a young boy) is a combination of "MALE" and "CHILD." Show the sign "MALE" by grabbing the visor of an imaginary cap on your head with your thumb and fingertips and then do the sign for "SHORT-height" as if showing the height of a boy.

 




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