The tenderfoot, struck by the logic of this reasoning, fell silent.
Frank guided his "tenderfoot" to the Post store, of which he was manager.
You-all just ought to 've seen that tenderfoot pull his freight!
A tenderfoot could have told now that they were "in for weather."
People will exaggerate; and the temptation to fill up a more or less gullible "tenderfoot" is often irresistible.
The tenderfoot could not down the suspicion stirring in his mind.
Such a name as that doesn't make very good sense to a tenderfoot on the first hearing.
Otherwise she would have noticed the swift change that transformed the tenderfoot.
If the engineer had been the tenderfoot they took him for, the trouble would have culminated quickly.
Then the said tenderfoot realizes why the creature got the name.
1866, American English, originally of newcomers to ranching or mining districts, from tender (adj.) + foot (n.). The U.S. equivalent of what in Great Britain was generally called a greenhand. As a level in Boy Scouting, it is recorded from 1908.
Among the Indians, more than half of every sentence is expressed by signs. And miners illustrate their conversation by the various terms used in mining. I have always noticed how clearly these terms conveyed the idea sought. Awkwardness in comprehending this dialect easily reveals that the hearer bears the disgrace of being a "pilgrim," or a "tender-foot," as they style the new emigrant. ["A Year in Montana," "Atlantic Monthly," August 1866]
A newcomer; neophyte; callow person; greenhorn (1881+)